Excerpt from the Faith & Provision Bible Study
As I’m reading Acts Chapter 16, I’m in awe. I read how Paul and Silas were severely beaten, chained, and imprisoned. Even then, they sang hymns to the Lord.
I wonder, could I be that faithful? It’s so much easier to hang on to my misery and fear than it is to exercise faith. It’s easier to stress than it is to trust in the wisdom of God.
Let’s take a look at this verse from the Psalms:
They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. (Psalm 107:27-28)
That’s how most of us go through life. We wait until we’re at wit’s end before we cry out to the Lord.
The original Hebrew word for “wits” there is chokmah (Strong’s H2451), which means wisdom.
The problem here is that most people are waiting until their wisdom runs out before they choose God. God’s wisdom doesn’t always make sense to us. How could it possibly make sense when we can’t see the whole picture? God sees today, He sees yesterday, and He sees tomorrow. He sees the heart and the flesh, He sees the struggle, He knows what next year will bring before the sun sets today.
As we look back on the faithful saints that went on before us, we see how they courageously followed God’s will, even when it didn’t make sense.
Paul and Silas found peace in the midst of their trial because they believed that God’s wisdom was greater than anything they understood to be true. Not because it made sense to them, but because they believed that God would make sense of it all–in His own time. And He did.
Don’t wait until you’re at your wit’s end to cry out to the Lord. Don’t wait until the last hour to fall back on His plan. Put the Lord first in all that you do and trust in His sovereign power.
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Read Acts 16:16-40 – Paul and Silas in Prison.
They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. (Psalm 107:27-28)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
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