Acts 16:16–25 (ESV)
Paul and Silas
16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain
by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said
to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.
19 But when her owners saw
that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. 20 And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. 21 They advocate
customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.” 22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they
threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24 Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
and Silas come across a slave girl that is a fortune-teller. The slave girl’s owner makes a lot of money from her. It is interesting that a lot of Christians like to read horoscopes or go to fortune-tellers. God forbids us to do this
and he does not want us to know our what is going to happen tomorrow or next week. God wants us to trust in him for our daily provisions and for Him to get us through any trials. Since God does not want us to turn to fortune-tellers, we shouldn’t.
Trust in God! Where do fortune-tellers get their power to tell the future? It’s not from God, but from Satan. Many Christians may say... oh... it just for fun! But what kind of witness are we being? We are to stay away from
fortune-tellers, etc... What is interesting is that even though the slave girl has an evil spirit in her, she recognizes who Paul and Silas are as well as Jesus Christ. She states: “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim
to you the way of salvation.” She knows who God is and maybe the unbelieving world should listen to her to know if there is a God and who He is. Paul commanded the spirit to come out of her and she was set free. The only problem is
that they just lost their money maker... a fortune-teller without a spirit. Well... she has a new spirit now... the Holy Spirit. Never the less, they are not happy because she is worthless to them now and they have just lost a lot of money.
So they raise a stink in the city and get Paul and Silas beaten and thrown into prison. All in a days work for the Glory of God.
I pray: O Lord, I really don’t
want to be beaten or thrown into prison. Give me the back bone to stand up for you, even in the face of death and imprisonment. Give me the courage to trust that even if they kill me, I will be with you. Help me to now fear death, but to
fear Satan and your judgement. Help me to keep my heart and eyes on you unto death and to see you face to face. Forgive me of all my sins and when I stumble in my faith journey. Amen.