Paul and Silas, at what some might consider the worst point in their lives they chose to praise GOD!
Once, as we were on our way to prayer, a slave girl met us who had a spirit of prediction. She made a large profit for her owners by fortune-telling.
As she followed Paul and us she cried out, “These men, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation, are the slaves of the Most High God.”
And she did this for many days. But Paul was greatly aggravated and turning to the spirit, said, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out right away.
When her owners saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
Bringing them before the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are seriously disturbing our city. They are Jews
and are promoting customs that are not legal for us as Romans to adopt or practice.”
Then the mob joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates stripped off their clothes and ordered them to be beaten with rods.
After they had inflicted many blows on them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to keep them securely guarded.
Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.
When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul called out in a loud voice, “Don’t harm yourself, because all of us are here!”
Then the jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
Then he escorted them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
Then they spoke the message of the Lord to him along with everyone in his house.
He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized.
He brought them into his house, set a meal before them, and rejoiced because he had believed God with his entire household.
When daylight came, the chief magistrates sent the police to say, “Release those men!”
The jailer reported these words to Paul: “The magistrates have sent orders for you to be released. So come out now and go in peace.”
But Paul said to them, “They beat us in public without a trial, although we are Roman citizens, and threw us in jail. And now are they going to smuggle us out secretly? Certainly not! On the contrary, let them come themselves and escort us out!”
Then the police reported these words to the magistrates. They were afraid when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens.
So they came and apologized to them, and escorting them out, they urged them to leave town.
After leaving the jail, they came to Lydia’s house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and departed.
Acts 16:16-40 HCSB
Gain strength trough their experience.
I also enjoy the old song by Ray Boltz called I Will Praise The Lord
Meditate on the encouragement Luke gives us through Paul’s experience, Praise the Lord no mater what you are going through.