Hope In the Promises of God

Richard Waialeale

"The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Acts 16:24 Upon receiving such 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." (Acts 16:22-25)
False accusations against Paul and Silas has caused them to be beaten and severely flogged, then thrown into prison. Then in verse 25, this is where I need help in processing exactly the amount of pain after such a beating, can anyones mind be set on the things of God. In the Old Testament, the Israelites seen the miracles as they left Egypt. But because of their insecurities from being slaves, they grumbled and sinned, thus causing them to live in the past - never quite getting out of the dessert. The difference between the Israelites and now Paul and Silas, is that in the New Testament, I read how they continued praising God, despite the pain and suffering, despite being beaten and flogged, and despite being falsely accused. As I dig deeper for an understanding, I discover In another story from the Old Testament, I remember reading in Job how after losing everything he had, even his family, servants and livestock - Job refused to blame God, fell to the ground (the Bible says), in worship.
Not even the pain and suffering from those that believed in the promises of God could shake their hope and faith in Jesus Christ. And because of what the Bible shows me, moving beyond that point, helps me understand that God has a promise for me, beyond this life. God didn't make this my home, He made eternity our home. So whatever happens while I'm able to share Jesus to people, I need to always focus on what's ahead, unless I get stuck in the dessert. Paul and Silas had their sights on God's promises for their lives and understood that God was with them through all of this. The Bible tells me that once we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the promises of God and He will go with us.
Lord I pray that my focus be on You especially when pressured and shaken. I pray that my mindset be on the Kingdom values instead of my own self needs. Thank you for today's lesson in Hope for the promises of God. Amen.

Devotions for February 09

Leviticus 10,11,12
Acts 16

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