Finding the Silver Lining
Daily Bible Reading – Job 11, 12; Acts 15, 16
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 16:16-34
During Paul’s second missionary journey, he and Silas were in Philippi preaching the Gospel and bringing people to Christ. As was common in the early days of Christianity, they were beaten and thrown in jail. Paul and Silas could have spent their time in prison pining away for their freedom. They could have become mired in self-pity due to their circumstances, or even cursed God for allowing them to be imprisoned. Fortunately, Paul and Silas did not do any of that. Instead, they spent their time in jail, “praying and singing hymns to God“. (16:25) When the doors of the prison suddenly flew open (16:26), they could have immediately run away, thankful for their freedom. Instead, they stayed and told the jailer, “We are all here!” (16:28) Paul and Silas knew that being imprisoned was a bad circumstance, but instead of dwelling on the dark clouds of their present condition, they decided to find the silver lining. Due to their imprisonment, they were able to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the jailer and save him and his entire family from ultimate destruction.
We often find ourselves in bad situations, and most of us know what it is like to feel completely helpless and out of control. When we find ourselves in those situations, we have a choice. We can pine away for better circumstances, become mired in self-pity, or even curse God for allowing us to be in our current circumstances. Alternately, we can find the silver lining. We can stop and realize that everything that happens to us is for a reason and is part of God’s plan. Instead of dwelling on our circumstances, we can try to figure out how we can use our present conditions to further the Kingdom of God. When a woman is hospitalized for a serious medical condition and uses her time to preach the Gospel to the nurse she sees every day and leads her to Christ, she has found the silver lining. When a man loses his money and his possessions and must live on the street and he leads someone he meets at a soup kitchen to Christ, he has found the silver lining. We can all search for the silver lining, and when we find it, it will make all the difference in the world.
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