How can the soul delight in the dark?

Posted: December 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  How can the soul delight in the dark?

Have you ever been in a situation, where things seem to be going great?  You are listening to God, leading people to Christ, and being sensitive to human needs, when all of a sudden, you hit a brick wall.  This is exactly what happened to Paul and Silas found in Acts 16:16-34.  They were going to a place of prayer, where they were met by a slave girl who was a valuable asset to her owners for fortune-telling.  The owners, wanting to make a few extra dollars, was allowing her to follow Paul and Silas, shouting behind them phrases that caused Paul to become troubled.

Paul and Silas recognizing this quick tactic to make a buck, became troubled and ordered that the spirit residing in this young girl leave her, so that they could continue on their way.  The owners of the slave girl realizing that their hope of making money was gone, seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace where they faced the authorities.  It was here that they were thrown into prison.

During this time in prison, there are many reasons that Paul and Silas cold have become depressed, started sulking, or completely could have given up.  Some of the reasons could have been because they had been leading people to Christ and had been sensitive to other people’s needs, but now they too had hit a brick wall. Their brick wall came in the form of a prison, where they would be beaten and sit night after night.  How could anyone or their soul for that matter, delight in the darkness that had come upon them?

Well, here’s how, Paul and Silas focused on Jesus rather than their problems.  It could have been easier for Paul and Silas to just dwell on the negative, but instead they chose to focus on Jesus, the positive.  They were also able to identify with Jesus and how He had suffered, which redirected their thinking. They also believed that God would bring them through the situation, which in fact, He did in a great big way.

Because of the faith and hope that Paul and Silas brought to the prison, not only were other prisoners able to hear the Word of God, but a Jailer and his entire family became saved.  In turn, Paul and Silas were set free, and the Jailer too became a witness and a minister to others.

What brick wall have you hit today?  Are you focusing more on it than on Jesus? I want to bring a word of encouragement that God will use you in any situation in your life, regardless of where the location may be.  Don’t let the enemy trick you into sulking or giving up.  Instead, focus on Jesus, reflect on his suffering, and believe that God will bring you through it, and your soul too will delight in the dark.

Quote of the day:  G. Campbell Morgan

“What we do in the crisis always depends on whether we see the difficulties in the light of God, or God in the shadow of the difficulties.”

Bible verse of the day:  Acts 16:34

“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 family.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for showing me that even when I hit a brick wall, not to focus on the situation but on You.  I pray that my soul is able to delight in the dark, singing hymns to You, regardless of the situation.  I pray to always have an attitude of gratitude reflecting in my life.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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