Paul and Silas – this is such a familiar story, but just let me make a point. They were in the deepest part of the jail, in maximum security, shackled hand and foot, after having been severely beaten. I am sure it was damp and there were rats and other vermin, the food was moldy, and they had painful wounds from being punished by the authorities. What did they do when they found themselves in this place? In Acts 16 it says, “Along about midnight, Paul and Silas were at prayer and singing a robust hymn to God“,The other prisoners couldn’t believe their ears. Then, without warning, a huge earthquake! The jailhouse tottered, every door flew open, all the prisoners were loose. They were free as was every prisoner in the Jail. That is epic stuff right there, like something you would see in an action movie!
It reminds me of when I sit in a theater and how I like to escape from what I sometimes perceive as a dull, listless existence by vicariously experiencing the excitement of others! I will even exit the building speaking in the same accent as the lead character, narrating the next few minutes as I drive. You know you do it too! But God showed me something the other day, and that is that they could make an amazing movie about my life or yours! No really, they could! All the elements are there: humor, triumph, tragedy, redemption, salvation… we don’t need to envy the life of someone else.
In other words, we are just modern day Paul and Silas’, it is enough to know that freedom will come as you pray and worship God wherever you find yourself – even prison. When that is communicated
through your songs, and the word, chains that bind God’s people will be cut away and they will be able to fulfill their true destiny in Him. Embrace your time of confinement. Be real with people; authentic; sing to Jesus and be an example as one who leads others into the presence of the one true God. We all have our time of incarceration, but let us lead the example of how to do a “Jail Break” right!