What to Do in the Midnight Hour

Have you ever been in a season of your life that seemed dark and hopeless? I think we could all say yes. In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were in a prison cell at midnight for obeying God. This just doesn’t seem fair. We feel the same way when hardships come our way. “It isn’t fair!” “Why did it happen to me?” “I don’t deserve this!”

Life isn’t fair, but Paul and Silas didn’t play the victim card. In their dilemma (the prison), God brought deliverance. When they could have whined and complained, they prayed and sang. An earthquake set them free, but they recognized their purpose for being in that prison. 

Their deliverance produces an open door for witness. The jailer’s job was to make sure no one escaped. At first thought, he was sure everyone was gone. By the providence of God, everyone stayed. When the jailer was preparing to kill himself, Paul and Silas were able to tell him how he could have a relationship with Jesus Christ. This resulted in the conversion of the jailer and his family.

You may be in a “prison” right now, but God wants to “deliver” you from your “dilemma” and open a “door” for His glory. 

If I could imagine a song that would Paul and Silas may have sung, it would have been this one below. May it escort you into the very presence of God.

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  1. I love your words–“In their dilemma (the prison), God brought deliverance. When they could have whined and complained, they prayed and sang.” This is a world perfect for our culture!

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