“The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas……After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison.” Acts 16:22-23
Have you ever been unjustly accused of something you didn’t do? Perhaps you have, but not in a way as severe as Paul and Silas. Throughout our lives it’s easy to make judgments before knowing the whole story.
I’m sure that many people who read these verses are surprised that Paul and Silas didn’t rant and rave nor fight back as they were taken to prison. They complied with their captors because they had learned from past experiences that God has a reason for everything. And many times what looks like a terrible situation turns out for good.
When upsetting events happen unexpectedly in our lives, how do we react? Do we rest in God and look beyond our circumstances before jumping to our own conclusions? It’s definitely not easy, but relying on God is better than trying to figure things out ourselves.
Lord, help us to trust in You.
Published in Pathways to God
If you’re like me, you probably have tried to work things out on your own many times. Why do we think we know best? When will we learn that by leaving our problems in God’s hand we relieve ourselves of unnecessary heartache?
The next time we are faced with an unexpected situation, let’s try to pray first and not jump to conclusions. God wants us to “Be Still.” When we do that we will eliminate tension.