A GREAT EARTHQUAKE.

 

No man has more religion than he can show in time of adversity. The jail was a test of the Christian character of Paul and Silas. The way they stood the test, not only exalts them as Christian heroes, but also shows what power there is in the religion of Jesus.

And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas

 

No man has more religion than he can show in time of adversity. The jail was a test of the Christian character of Paul and Silas. The way they stood the test, not only exalts them as Christian heroes, but also shows what power there is in the religion of Jesus.


1. The prisoners rejoicing (ver. 25). They were praying — for they needed comfort. They sang praises — for comfort was given. Their hymns were unto God alone; but "the prisoners were listening unto them." The Christian often exerts an influence of which he is unaware. What must have been the feelings of the listeners? Probably — Who knows?

(1) Wonder. Songs from that inner prison was an unheard of thing. From there usually came groans, curses, wails of despair.

(2) A conviction that the two men were sustained by the God whom they were praising.

(3) A desire to partake of the same peace and joy. When a disciple has sunshine in trial, then men say, "If religion can do that for us, then we want it." Songs in the night are better than sermons in the daytime.

2. The prisoners loosed. God now endorses the singers. The earthquake was natural in its character; but it happened at a time that shows that God was in it, using it, as He can use any force of nature, to accomplish His will.

 

Whatever you are going through in life, know that you are not alone, God is with you and the Lord will create a way where there is no way.

May the Lord be with you all.

 

Pr Olango C.Arach( UMUCCA)