What will you do at midnight?
Acts 16:25 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.”
Paul and Silas have been severely beaten and thrown into prison because of the gospel.
It is now the end of the day and God has not rescued them out of their darkness. Some people say God always steps in, even if it is the last minute of the 11th hour. Friends, sometimes God does not. Just ask John the Baptist and James. But it is what you do if He doesn’t help you that becomes of great importance. Perhaps it hurts Him to wait but He does because of the “other prisoners” who are also in their dark and confused circumstance and who need the light of the gospel.
What will you do in your contained circumstance that will help someone else in theirs?
It is about midnight. The day is over. God has not changed anything. They are still there. It is pitch-dark and they are bleeding and bruised. What are they doing?
The fact that they pray and praise would indicate that their focus is not on themselves but on the worship and adoration of God in one act towards heaven. Your circumstance may lock you to the now and you may not be able to move from the stocks that have chained you to this earth. However, your heart for God is free and can choose where to go. Your spirit can rise when your body cannot move.
Jesus said “It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” (John 11:10) and John wrote of the betrayal, “As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.” (John 13:30)
What will you do at the midnight of your circumstance?
Paul and Silas sang hymns and this most probably involved the Psalms. In fact the word ‘hymn’ is the same as what Jesus and his disciples sang after the Last Supper (Matthew 26:30). There they used the six Psalms of Psalm 113-118 which are hugely inspirational for us as we walk through our holy week. Please read one each day, start today. As you do you will realise that “He giveth songs in the night” (Job 35:10).