Acts 16:25–40 (ESV)
The Philippian Jailer Converted
midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s
bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are
all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord
Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his
family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.
Ok, after reading this, Paul makes me feel like an
idiot... and rightly so. Paul and Silas have been beaten and thrown in prison, so what do they do??? “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” I want to ask
you honestly... I know I would be praying, but singing hymns??? I must admit that Paul and Silas are better men than I am. I would be praying “poor pitiful me” prayers and singing would not even be in my mind.
I must admit that Paul and Silas can teach a lot to us about faith and they are great examples of how we should be. You read the text, it is pretty self explanatory. I just wanted to comment on verse 25 because I personally need to be reminded
of how we can be witnesses even in bad situations. I am humbled!
I pray: O Lord, help me to be a good witness and example to others, even in times of trouble and persecution. Help me to be
like Paul and Silas and to sing praises, rejoicing in times of trials. Amen.