After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these 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 everyone’s chains came loose. // Acts 16:23-26
It’s fascinating that the jailer wants to know what he has to do and, like with any encounter with grace, the “doing” is practically nothing—it’s just believing!
Nothing more. Nothing less. Simple faith. I also love the response of Paul and Silas in the midst of such an “unfair” trial: Praise! They worshipped God. The sound on our lips is indicative of the revelation in our heart.
Right! They could’ve complained to God instead of praising Him. But they chose to praise Him, despite their situation. They probably even sang “take these shackles of my feet so I can dance!”
Exactly. I love that our outer imprisonment doesn’t have to impact our inner freedom. What must we “do” to be rescued from the thing in our life that imprison us? Just believe. The freedom is in the believing.