Paul, Silas and Timothy were having a great time in Philippi–until Paul healed a girl possessed by demons. She was a lucrative asset for her owners and her healing made her of no value to them…They raised a fuss and ultimately caused a riot. Paul and Silas were flogged and jailed and it looked to be their end–but, as God had a different plan, God opened the prison doors and all the prisoners were loosed from their chains.
The jailer who was charged to guard Paul and Silas saw the doors opened and was about o kill himself; then Paul stopped him and said we are all still here. In the midst of the chaos–the guard asked the right question–“What must I do to be saved?” Paul then showed him and he was. In the end, the jailer and his family were celebrating new lives instead of grieving a senseless death.
As God’s kids, we find ourselves in chaotic situations almost daily. In those situations, it is easy to focus on yourself and your survival instead of focusing on Christ and his kingdom. If, however, we are able to remain focused on the mission; we will have opportunities to lead others to him and turn senseless grieving into celebration. We simply have to be sensitive to God’s leadership. In addition, we must always be evaluating the opportunities to share his Great news. Chaos is a splendid place to save the world. In our culture–that is pretty much everywhere.
God Bless You
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.