"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."
(Acts 16:25 KJV)
Silas was a leading member of Our Awesome God's first Christian community in Jerusalem and a colleague of Paul's. In the epistles, 2 Corinthians and 1 Thessalonians, he is called by a Roman name, Silvanus. He might have been a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37). In Jerusalem he was a prophet who preached (Acts 15:32) and was sent to Antioch, along with Paul and Barnabas, to convey resolutions adopted at the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:22).
Our Awesome God's Scripture verse above finds Silas singing at midnight in a Roman prison after being beaten. As Paul and Silas sang, an earthquake shook the prison and soon he was helping Paul lead the guard and his family to salvation. A busy and tiring night but they stayed in the prison awaiting morning and release by town officials. He was released but all the prisoners had to hear them singing about God. What a wonderful way to witness joyfully to others around them and show others that they expected their God to take care of them.
Are we leaning on Our Awesome God and His faithfulness to take care of us as Silas did? Paul and Silas saw a miracle that night as God provided an earthquake, opened the locks on the cells and brought the message of salvation to others. Their hearts were singing even as they sang about God. They were happy and felt complete.
We too need to be about Our Awesome God's business of telling those around us about God and His son, Jesus Christ. Silas sang and told the jailor or guard about Jesus when he had to be exhausted and the prison stank and the air was fetid. If we sang and told people the plan of salvation, we might forget for a little while about our own problems. We will find our problems will have answers if we, even briefly, become involved in doing things for Our Awesome God. Do evangelism for the Lord as He asked. It will help your mind to clear and the answers to your problems will usually be there.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill