Acts 16:16-18 ERV; One day we were going to the place for prayer, and a servant girl met us. She had a spirit in her that gave her the power to tell what would happen in the future. By doing this she earned a lot of money for the men who owned her. She started following Paul and the rest of us around. She kept shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you how you can be saved!” She continued doing this for many days. This bothered Paul, so he turned and said to the spirit, “By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her!” Immediately, the spirit came out.
Just because you know something, doesn’t mean you’re getting it right! I mean, really, this woman ‘knew’ that Paul and Silas were servants of God telling people to get saved, but her knowledge was given by an evil spirit rather than the Spirit of God. What she did was distracting and bothersome. Paul recognized it and commanded that spirit to come out of her and it did. In doing so, the men who owned her lost a lot of money and were angry, dragged them into the town square, the crowd turned on them and beat them severely then put them in jail.
Why? Why would God allow this to happen? These two were evangelizing and telling people about Jesus. Well, if you read on you will find that this is the place where Paul and Silas were singing praises in jail and God caused an earthquake to shake the prison and open the doors. When the jailer woke up and saw what had happened, he was about to kill himself but Paul cried out, “We’re still here!” He took them to his own house, cleaned their wounds, fed them and his whole house heard the gospel and got saved. This was a huge breakthrough for starting a first church in this city.
Just because we don’t understand, doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a plan. Our problem is we just don’t trust what we can’t see. Faith in God isn’t a ‘seeing is believing’ thing, it’s a ‘believing is seeing’ thing. I’ve never seen God, but I’ve seen the affect He has had and is still having in my life. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”
I may not understand His plan, but I know He loves me and has my best on His mind. I may have not done it that way, but I know that His ways are higher then mine and that the end result will be the best result. I won’t be a ‘self made millionaire’, but I’ll be a ‘God made millionaire’. For everything, I praise Him and give Him the glory. It may be the final hour, but it will be my best hour. I will not question His ways, I will praise Him and continue to do what He’s called me to do-encourage others.
Father, there is just so much I want to say to You this morning. First of all, thank You that You are always working everything out in my life for Your glory. Thank You for making me Your daughter, designing my life so that it always shines for others to see the path that leads to You. I thank You for making my way prosperous and giving me great success. In all I do, may it reflect You to the world around me. Thank You for signs, wonders and miracles manifested daily in and through me. I know that You made me to be like Your son, Jesus, so may I do You proud today. It’s in His name I pray, Amen