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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

When a Closed Door is Suddenly Opened....Wait.

Paul & Silas in Prison
Acts 16:16-40

Paul & Silas had their clothes ripped off and were beat; they had their feet and hands placed in stocks and were placed in the inner part of the prison. I imagine it was cold and dark and they were hurting physically.

At first they silently trusted God to work everything out according to His purpose and plan (They did not dispute the arrest) AND at midnight they openly worshiped Him.... As a result other prisoners listened as well as the guard. Then the earth shook, a great earth quake, and all the doors opened and everyone's chains fell off. They had a chance to escape! Was it not the answer they were waiting for -closed doors opened, chains loosed? No, still they waited on God; and because they waited, a guard's life was saved from death and damnation as well as his family's life.

No matter how uncomfortable or unfairly they were treated, they waited for their orders from Father God. And it all worked out for good. Their wounds were cleansed and bandaged, they were led to the guard's home and fed, and they led a whole family to Christ. HA! God worked it out even better than we could have imagined!

So, no matter the trial or testing or circumstance, I need only to worship while I wait (Psalm 34:1). I must remember, my life is not my own, I have surrendered it to Christ, and it is an example to others that I can trust God to work everything out for good because I love Him with all my heart. May my worship be a sweet fragrance to Him, a simple act of trust in the One who gave His all for me. When others look at me, may they be led to Christ.

May all His saints learn to worship while we wait..

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