Many times as we go through life, we come across dark moments that appear like midnight to us. Those are the times when everything around us appears to crumble. Moments when external support is rare and we have to rally our internal strength to move on and make it. This is what happened to Paul and Silas as they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Macedonian town of Philippi. They had been attacked by the mobs for a good act, beaten and flogged and thrown into jail. They wondered whether their mission will ever accomplish the mission God had for them. They could have asked why God would allow them the suffer such pain. Amidst the pain both internal and external, the scriptures says that the duo decided to focus on God. When the pain was too much they decided to spend their night singing and praising God. They could not understand the purposes behind their pain and they just decided to worship God. Loving God for whom He is was more important to them than getting the answer behind our pain. Where is it appearing to be a midnight for you? Where is the pain within and without so much to bear that you cannot explain it? Where are you wondering if your dream and mission will come to fruition? When you cannot get all the answers, may be it’s time to sing. Sing your worries away, sing your messes away, focus on the greatness of your creator. Its when we begin to praise God in our midnight hours that the prisons of our pain and the giants of our despair fall aside. That’s the moment God clarifies our vision and the jailer who is our enemy cleanses our wounds. We may never understand it all, but we can sing it all. Lord you are good even amidst Covid 19, your mercies endures forever!
“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 16:25-26 NIV
Last modified: May 30, 2020