God's Unconditional Love - the Source of Inner Freedom - Wednesday, January 11th
A mob quickly formed against Paul and Silas, and the city officials ordered them stripped and beaten with wooden rods. They were severely beaten, and then they were thrown into prison. The jailer was ordered to make sure they didn’t escape. So the jailer put them into the inner dungeon and clamped their feet in the stocks. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Acts 16:22-25
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The Lord will ultimately remove all rejection and ill treatment from our experience when we are in glory. But while we are still here it is absolutely necessary that we learn how to turn to Him immediately when it shows up so He can help us deal with it properly. Paul and Silas turned to the Lord in prayer in their prison cell and were waiting on Him for what He would do as they worshipfully sang hymns to God as the other prisoners listened. How often God lovingly waits for us to be still so that He can bring His order both to our hearts (singing) and the situations for which we need His intervention and when we are still He wonderfully works in powerful and freeing ways. Having inner freedom while held captive by trouble, is what the following words from Psalm 46 are all about: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear …. Be still and know that I am God (the God of unconditional love).”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I realize how easily I am governed by the troubles that come my way. How readily I let them dictate the state of my soul. I lift up my soul to you, O Lord and ask for you and your unconditional love for me to be more real to me than anything I am going through. Teach me the discipline of being still before you so that you truly become my source of inner freedom. Amen!
Posted on Wed, January 11, 2017
by Ken Hart