Acts 16:34 “The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.”
Once their wounds had been washed they were ready for something to eat.
They had been severely flogged, with many injuries they had been fastened into stocks in a dark inner cell of the prison. Eating a meal was not on their agenda. When you are hurt your appetite leaves.
There are times when you have to minister whilst you are hurt and hungry. But God has a plan to wash your wounds and He will have even the most unlikely of people ready to do this. With your wounds washed then you will be ready to eat.
I realise this is a generalisation, however …
Hurting people eat junk food or no food making things worse.
Healed people eat meals that satisfy their bodies.
- If Jesus referred to food as doing His Fathers will then we can certainly say this:
The reason why some have shallow discipleship and do not grow in the purposes of God is because of the hurts that they still carry in their lives.
- If Jesus told us that those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled, then we can certainly say this:
There are many who today long for justice in an unfair world or justice from within the battles of their own soul, these are targets for the grace of God which will fill their searching lives.
- If Jesus told his disciples he wouldn’t eat the supper again until he returns and the angel in John’s revelation announces the great end-time supper of the Lamb, then we can certainly say this:
There are people whose life is one knock after another, their world seems cruel, they are attacked at every turn, but if they hold on to their Saviour then they will sit down with Him to eat, it is our guaranteed promise.
Today get your wounds washed and let’s eat!