Have you ever felt your whole world is beginning foreclosure proceedings? All options exhausted, doors closed, emotional account is reaching bankruptcy, calls from collections ring torment in your nights, and worry flogs your days?
Phew! Some of us have been there - in the prison surrounded by bars of anguish and helplessness.
Here’s the question: Is God Almighty - powerful, loving, and all-knowing - aware of me, little old me trapped in the prison of gloom?
Do you think Paul, deep in his soul, also felt this way? Hmm...to most, he was a little strange and odd in his reactions. While sitting in a cold, dark prison, look what he did:
“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, ‘Don't harm yourself! We are all here!’
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household’” (Acts 16:22-32).
Did you read that? While chained, Paul was praying, praising, and singing hymns to God. But in our current times, that’s way too tough, too strange to do, especially when the chains of worry bind us, keep us strapped to our circumstances, and tied to our dim future…how can we possibly sing, maybe mutter a desperate prayer, but sing and praise? Not going to happen, right? But it should, it must, it has to if we want to see the same freedom Paul and his friends saw - supernatural, God ordained, and complete.
Circumstances don’t have to change to see that freedom. My blindness still persists. Physically speaking, I still see nothing, but freedom from the sadness, angst, and sorrow ushered through when I learned to pray in a praising mode, believing, and trusting.
Praying you can stop the foreclosure of your soul by looking beyond the bars the world dictates and step into the liberty in the comfort of God’s arms.
Janet Perez Eckles
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