About midnight Paul and Silas were praying to God.
About midnight Paul and Silas were singing to God.
About midnight the prisoners were listening to them.
About midnight, what am I doing?
Literally, most likely sleeping. Figuratively, good question.
What are my midnight prayers? Do they lead me to singing?
What are my midnight songs? Do they fix my mind on God?
What do people hear from me at midnight? Does it lead them to pray and sing to God?
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“and had him thrown into prison, where the king’s prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor with the prison warden. The warden put all the prisoners who were in the prison under Joseph’s authority, and he was responsible for everything that was done there.”Genesis 39:20-22 CSB
Well, that sounds fun. I’m sure this was exactly what Josph prayed for, and he went in rejoicing that his prayers once again had been heard. SMH
To this point in his life, it’s hard to imagine that Joseph could have had a clue what his life’s purpose was. Regardless what his spiritual gifts assessment revealed or what an elder suggested was his calling, how in the world do you explain his life experiences to date. Yet constantly scripture reads, “The Lord was with him.”
These verses were in my @youversion devotion today addressing the topic of drudgery. Here are a few lines from the devotional thoughts:
What we call drudgery God calls humble and helpful service to others. Patient and steady toil, honoring God right where he put you, in some ways is just as worshipful as singing hymns in church. If you can do it without complaining, all the better.
“Right where he put you.” That’s a challenge. We allow ourselves to see only prison bars (been there, done that). We may even go so far as to break out of jail and basically snub God by saying, under our breath of course, “You Screwed Up…AGAIN!” That view is a flashing neon sign we have stopped thinking more about others and God than ourselves. Joseph’s prison season was quite short compared to his future season of purpose. He didn’t know that at the time, though. He had to trust God was with him and had actually put him there.
If your facing “prison time,” consider these questions:
- What’s this season for?
- What’s your trust level in God’s presence and purpose?
- How can you honor God in the next 24 hours right where he put you?