Good morning people who praise God when it’s tough
Was God sovereign in Paul and Silas’ life?
Paul and Silas were two great men of God. They loved and served God faithfully. They proclaimed the Good News with boldness…and they ended up being beaten terribly and treated harshly in a disgusting prison!
Paul and Silas’ story speaks to all those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Even in these difficult times, God is still sovereign.
I believe one of the most debilitating misconceptions in the Body of Christ today is that if we are serving God, then He will always look after us and protect us and nothing bad will ever happen to us. This is simply not true…but it is not because God has stepped off His throne and put aside His sovereignty. It’s because we see through human eyes and have limited spiritual perception.
God can turn our most difficult situations into a testimony of God’s love, if we keep our hearts in faith and trust in Him.
Here’s the result of Paul & Silas singing praises to God when they are being terribly persecuted for righteousness’ sake.
Acts 16:29-34 NIV The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptised. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God – he and his whole family.
But sometimes it doesn’t work out quite so good. Let’s look at that tomorrow.