Acts 16:34 One Purpose of Prison Time

“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.” Acts 16:34

Paul and Silas had been thrown into prison. Instead of complaining and hollering and calling a lawyer, they prayed and praised God. They were being a witness to the other prisoners. God heard their prayers and sent an earthquake to break open the prison doors. None of the prisoners ran. Paul then witnesses to the prison guard about Jesus. The prison guard gives his heart to the Lord Jesus.

Many people are not thrown into real physical prisons, but into prisons of hardships, troubles, and trials. The first thing that most people do when they are tossed into a prison is ask why they are there. They are questioning God’s love for them. They are questioning what they did to bring them to that point.

If you are in a prison right now, it may not be that you did anything wrong. It may be God’s will to have you there. Remember that God works ALL THINGS for the good of those who love Him. This means that the prison is for the good of those who love Him.

Being in prison gave Paul a chance to be a witness to the prison guard, who gave his life to the Lord Jesus. This had to have been a joy for Paul to see. Had he not been in prison, he would not have seen this.

In your prison today, you need to ask God how you can be used to build His kingdom. How can you use your situation to be a witness to someone?

Try not to look at your situation as a negative setback, but as a divine opportunity to touch someone else’s life that needs it. Look at it as an opportunity to draw closer to God. In the end God will help you win and be blessed if you trust and follow Him.

I pray today that God will show you opportunities to be His witness; that you will not fear prisons in your life; that you will not complain but trust God; and that God will do great things in and through you.

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