Today’s Bible readings are 2 Kings 8:1-9:13, Acts 16:16-40, Psalm 143:1-12, & Proverbs 17:26
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.
What do you do when moments get tough in your life? What is your first reaction when you get in a pinch? If you are like most people it is something like one of these:
2. Throw a temper tantrum
3. Blame somebody else
4. Give up & quit
5. Lash out with words
6. Lash out with physical violence
I have learned that what the bible says is true.
20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
If you want to get the things that God desires in your life then you have to respond in every situation the way that Jesus does. When we respond the way Jesus does it will produce righteous things, or another way of saying it is “the right things”, in our lives.
What do you want to be produced in your life? That is the question that we need to consider. If you want discouragement, bondage, anger, resent, shame, unforgiveness, bitterness to be produced in your life then keep doing what you’re doing. We know how to get these things. But if you are tired of these things in your life then start doing things different.
God did not want Paul & Silas to be locked up in jail. He wanted them to be free. That was the righteousness that God desired in that situation. But the way they respond to the situation is what gave Him the access to bring those righteous things into their lives. They responded to the pressure in the right way & received the right things!!!
What would happen if the next time that you were in a pinch you chose to sing to the Lord & praise Him instead of question & complain to Him? What would be different the next time you were in a tough, unfair place if you chose to worship instead of whine?
I think that the answer is that we would see chains fall off of our feet just like they did for Paul & Silas. What you do in your midnight hour determines what you will receive in your midnight hour. I want you to receive the good things that God has in store for you. I know that is what you want as well.
Your breakthrough is going to come if you keep your heart right & stay positioned to receive. That is as certain as the sun rising in the east & setting in the west. With this in mind, let you heart be moved to praise & worship when trouble comes. We have a faithful Father who desire to do right things in us. Know this makes our heart sing.