"Then they came and pleaded with them and brought them out and asked them to depart from the city. So they went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed." Acts 16:39,40
Paul and Silas guided by the Lord went to Macedonia to preach the word of God to the people over there (Acts 16:11-40). While they were preaching by a riverside, a woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira. She was a business woman who sold purple cloth goods to those who could afford this kind of luxury. In all probability she was a rich woman. She was praised by others as a good person, but she did not have the knowledge of God. All the wealth she possessed could not satisfy her spiritual needs. God loves everyone both poor and rich. He does not have partiality in him. Therefore, it is the spirit of the Lord who convicts anyone of their spiritual need and opens the heart to gospel truth. The gospel proclaimed by Paul convicted her of the spiritual needs. Hence, she and her household were converted and baptized. Likewise, whether you be rich or poor, you should realize that Jesus loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him. Only He can solve your problems. Open up your heart to Him and accept Him as your Savior today. He will take care of you in this life and in eternity.
In the same city, a girl filled with a spirit of divination accepted Christ. This greatly annoyed her master who, now, lost his income. The incensed master and the merchants manipulated the public through insinuating religious prejudice and gathered them against the missionaries. The missionaries were assaulted and thrown into jail. This does not deter the spirit of Paul and Silas. Instead of fretting about the misfortune they spent their time in jail by singing hymns and praying. Under such circumstance, what would be our reaction? Our Lord has a purpose in everything he does. Your sufferings has a meaning. Remember, you will be also comforted. To achieve greater glory sometimes God does allow certain infirmities in our life. It neither means that we are hopeless sinners nor that he does not love us. Paul and Silas were beaten up for no reason and put in jail. Are keep blaming God for what is happening are learn to praise Him even in the adverse situation? In Paul and Silas case the heaven was not just a silent spectator. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundation of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyones chains were loosened (Acts 16:25,26). The keeper of the prison assuming that the prisoners would have escaped tried to commit suicide. Paul and Silas refrained him from committing suicide. That night the jailer and his household accepted Christ. Jailer in turn comforted Paul and Silas and washed their wounds and gave them food. If Paul and Silas did not undergo the beatings would the household of jailer be saved. A day will come in your life too that you will be comforted. We are created not to suffer but to have life to the full. Trust Jesus He will surely bless you and meet your needs. Do not keep complaining all the time instead learn to praise His name. Your attitude towards the circumstance would work wonders in your life.
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