Paul and Silas preaching in Philippi were followed daily by a woman with a spirit which predicted the future…shouting to all, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved”. Accurate information, but this was not a spirit of God and as the woman persisted; Paul turned to her and rebuked the spirit to come out of her. Those who benefited from her fortune telling dragged Paul and Silas to the Authorities. The lie made against them led to their being flogged and thrown in prison. (Acts 16:16-37)
Though in Prison… a place of discomfort, especially as they were placed in the ‘inner cell with their feet fastened in the stocks’, Paul and Silas didn’t get into a pity party; but faithfully continued with their relationship with God. ‘About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God’… an opportunity availed to minister to other prisoners; and as the prisoners listened to them, a violent earthquake hit the prison shaking it to its very foundation…’at once all the prison doors flew open and everyone’s chain came loose’.
In our walk as Christians, we find ourselves in circumstances where although we are living for God or serving God; situations turn against us…many times we voice, “I have done no wrong”; instead of pondering about God’s purpose in allowing such a situation to come one’s way. Paul and Silas maintained their trust in God…even when unjustly accused and thrown in prison. They remained faithful to God, and through their prayer and worship, other prisoners got to witness the Mighty God who opens prison doors and loose chains off men.
God will allow us to go through paths which at best can be described as ‘prison’; but maintain your presence before God. In God’s appointed time, he will open the ‘prison door’ for you. The move of God in your life will not only strengthen fellow believers; but also enable ‘other prisoners’ to see the Mightiness of God whom you serve.
The jailer on finding the prison doors open assumed all the prisoners had escaped and was ready to take his own life; but Paul assured him…’Don’t’ harm yourself; we are all here’. The whole household of the jailer turned to God because of ‘Paul and Silas in Prison’.
Once the assignment is complete, release will come forth your way; for the next day the Magistrate sent word to the jailer to release Paul and Silas. Is your time in ‘prison’ weighing you down? In the presence of God, continue to praise and pray. Release comes from God.