January 29, 2018
Lately, I’ve been reading from the book of Acts. The stories recorded in the book are incredible. I’m fascinated by this first generation of Christians. If I put myself in their shoes, my mind is blown.
But I find sometimes myself pausing to ask: do I really believe that this story happened?
That’s really a fair question to ask because these stories are so out of this world. Shortly after asking that to myself, I usually step back into the story. And when I step back in I think: if I really do believe this, then it changes everything.
Time for an example wouldn’t you say?
Let’s read Acts 16:25-26: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
The passage kind of sounds like the start to a bad joke doesn’t it?
Like, “What do you call it when two guys start singing together in prison at midnight?” (I have no sarcastic punchline to give this time, sorry.)
But this story actually happened. It’s not a joke. It isn’t just poetry or metaphor, it’s real. This is an eye-witness account from real people. God demonstrated His power and ability to break everything loose.
What if I said that the spiritual loosening of those prisoners was actually the goal of this story? The guys in the other cells were only listening and still, their chains loosened.
I actually do believe that this story happened. I actually do believe that God is surprising and disrupting all us our lives.
I actually do believe that God is every kind of chain breaker.
And I actually do believe that He has the power and passion to set you free. I pray that you believe this story. I pray that you believe that God is powerful. I pray that He will fill you up with hope, no matter your circumstances. And I pray that God will set you free and break whatever chains are hanging off of you.