TURNING TRIALS INTO BLESSING

Scripture Reading:  Acts 16:25-40

“But Paul cried out with a loud voice, ‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’  And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas.  Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’  And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.'” (Acts 16:28-31)

It is amazing how many blessings come out of trials.  When we learn to look at our circumstances from God’s perspective, we see things in a different light — we began to look for the blessings in and through our trials.  If we look with the eyes of faith, we will always find the good hand of God at work in our times of difficulties.

This was the case with Paul and Silas.  They had been arrested, flogged and thrown into prison after they delivered a slave girl from an evil spirit (vs. 18-24).  But a miracle took place that set the missionaries free.  An earthquake shook the foundations of the prison which opened the doors to the prison cells (v. 26).  When the jailer saw what had happened, he drew his sword and was about to take his own life because he thought the prisoners had escaped (v. 27).

Paul and Silas cried out to the jailer:  “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here” (v. 28).  The jailer fell down before Pal and Silas (v. 29).  He then brought them out of the prison and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (v. 30).  You know the rest of the story.  The Philippian jailer was converted along with his entire household (vs. 33,34).  The jailer then washed the wounds of the missionaries and cared for them.  We are told that the jailer “rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed God” (v. 34).

Paul and Silas had been unjustly flogged and imprisoned, but God turned their trial into a blessing — the conversion of the Philippian jailer and his household.  This is the way God works!  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Lord Jesus, I know that in every trial there is a blessing.  Sometimes the blessing may be hard to see when we are in the midst of suffering; but I know that the blessing are always there.  Thank you for trials for they are part of the work You do in our lives to make us more like You.

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