Are you overwhelmed with despair?
“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison”.
If anyone had a reason to be depressed, overwhelmed and in despair, it was Paul and Silas. Yet, they did not allow their circumstances to cause them to despair, doubt or question God. Instead, they turned a horrible situation into a time to praise the Lord
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
God had a plan for their imprisonment. At midnight the door to their jail cell opened, and they were free men — but they did not leave because they knew it would mean death for the jailer who had been given the charge to watch over them.
He was amazed, but the story did not end here. The jailer’s entire family was saved, and the next morning Paul and Silas were freed.
The next time you are tempted to be downcast, look up to God. Ask Him to use you as an instrument of Truth, hope, and encouragement to others.
Pass His love on, and you will be set free from all hopelessness.
Pray: Though my world seems unstable, overwhelming, and ever-changing, I will praise You, Lord. Open my eyes to opportunities where You are calling me to be bold.
This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend.
Reflect on this message:
1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?
2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.
3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?