Food for thought…Your Trials Are Not in Vain


But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”  Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.  Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.” Acts 16:25-34

Now lets think about this for a moment….The prison conditions were horrific, and yet we see Paul and Silas singing and praying to God.  Through their trial, they glorified God and the jailer gets saved through their trial.  

Ladies, trials are not in vain, they are not without cause.  I’m sure that Paul could not see the outcome of this trial when he was in prison.  Just as, sometimes you and I cannot see the purposes of our trials as we are in them.  But I assure you that there is a purpose in your trials, your sufferings, and your pain.  

Paul suffered tribulations in this life, yet he always spoke of the goodness of God and the gratitude that He had towards his Savior.  The result of that was the salvation of those around him.  You and I represent who Jesus is to a world that does not know Him.  There are people in your life and mine that may never pick up a Bible, but they will read your life like an open book.  They watch to see how your react when things go wrong in your life.  They will judge what Christianity is based on you.  Paul’s faith was unshakable despite his circumstances.  It gave hope to those around him.  

The world is lost ladies, they are without hope.  May your life represent who Christ is despite the circumstances that you may face today, and may it give those around you a hope that lies in our Savior.   Your trials are not in vain.


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