Prison Doors are Open, You’re Still Sitting

Acts 16:16-40

Paul and Silas, after casting out a demon from a slave girl, being dragged into the marketplace wrongfully accused, stripped and beating, now sit in the most inner cell of the prison with chains fastened. The situation is not looking good for the two, however, they are praying and singing to God. At midnight the prison doors and chains fall off, not only for Paul and Silas but the entire prison. The jailer guarding them, realizing the doors are open, is ready to end his misfortune through death, but Paul shouts out everyone is still in the prison.

The prison doors are open and Paul and Silas are still sitting in Prison! It would appear that God broke their chains off, so why still SIT?

Scripture continues to tell us they stayed all night, shared to the jailer how to be saved, which the jailer and his whole household were saved and did not leave the prison until the officials released them.

Why still SIT? If they left when the doors opened the Jailer would have died, his family would be in sorrow rather than joy and they would be wanted criminals. But why still SIT? Paul, states in his letter to the church of Ephesus, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear.” (Ephesians 6:5) He also tells the church of Colosse, “obey your earthly masters in everything, with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22) The writer of Hebrews states “obey those who rule over you, and be submissive”. (Hebrews 13:17)

Paul and Silas understood the importance of obeying, falling submission to and honoring their governing authorities.

Lets honor the authorities that God placed over us with fervent obedience.

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