Jonah 1-4, Acts 16:25-40
Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into Prison for sharing the gospel. And, he and Silas sat in prison and prayed and sang hymns. They were encouraging themselves in their faith, turning to God, loving God in the middle of what can only be described as discouraging and completely disheartening circumstances (I mean, understatement here). It reminds me that I am also called to do the same—I wonder if these very circumstances are what inspired Paul to write Philippians 4, “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. I say it again, REJOICE.” He goes on to instruct to not be anxious about ANYTHING but pray about EVERYTHING, with petitions and thanksgiving. Jesus, help me to do the same. Help me to remember to take joy in You and give everything over to You.
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