How to see more trembling.
Acts 16: 29 “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas”.
Darkness is now going as lights are coming. As in the physical prison so it was in the jailers heart. An earthquake had taken place in his life. He had come so close to ending his life because of waking to the prison doors flung open and to find that none of the prisoners had escaped was beyond him. Why? How? What does he do now? Actually though you may think securing the doors would have been the first thing, it wasn’t. The jailer was beyond common sense. He was in the response state towards a God he didn’t know, worship or believe in. He was being shaken to the core and he threw himself down at the feet of the Church, of Paul and Silas.
The death and the resurrection of Jesus caused our very earth to tremble. There was an earthquake at the cross and also at the resurrection.
It also caused people to be equally terrified and to shake with fear. In fact the centurion and the guards who exclaimed “Surely he was the Son of God!” did so as they were terrified.
The two Mary’s, Salome and the other women fled from the tomb trembling as they had encountered the unexplained resurrection.
When God moves there is a shaking: “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.” Psalm 99.
May people tremble again at the feet of the Church, at the unexplained, the impossible workings of God that occur through the body of Christ.
Just before you groan because you think what we need is more power for that to happen. Let me remind you that the jailer didn’t tremble because of the prison doors flying open miraculously but because the Church had managed to convince all the prisoners to remain in situation. The point being is we cannot miraculously open prison doors but we can be a people of huge influence! Now that, the Church can do. If we did, then maybe we would see people trembling on the floor and about to ask a really important question!