Paul simply amazes me. I could spend hours talking about why, but today the Lord really drew me in to verse 25 in this chapter.
Paul (and the men with him) had been badly beaten and thrown into the deepest, darkest part of the prison with no possible way to escape. As far as circumstances go, it doesn’t get much worse than that. Paul had every justification to complain, lose hope, and curl up in a little ball and cry.
But he didn’t.
What did he do? He prayed and sang hymns to God. Even in the middle of that incredibly horrible situation, his first response, his first line of defense was to go to the Lord in prayer and praise.
I’ve never been beaten to a pulp and locked away in a cold dark prison cell, but I have done my fair share of complaining and griping! And that is NOT how I should ever respond to any circumstance I’m in.
Here’s the thing that the Lord is really driving home to me right now: It doesn’t matter what’s happening around me or what’s happening to me. What matters is what’s already been done for me. There’s not one single situation I could find myself in that will last forever. But the saving grace Jesus gave me on the cross will. No matter what people think of me or how they treat me, I have a Savior who thinks I’m worth dying for. No matter what life hands to me, I serve a King who handed me life.
How could I NOT respond to that with prayer and praise?
Jesus is on the throne, and if that’s not cause for praise, I don’t know what is.
Pray and praise in every circumstance.
Paul did it.
And I want to do it too.