Tuesday: 8th May, 2018
Reference text : Acts 16:22-34
Acts 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Whenever this account of Paul and Silas’ is recalled, our minds are often drawn to the fact that Paul and Silas remained in prison because that opportunity was too good to pass by and not preach the Gospel to the jailer after what he had witnessed. However, an alternative dimension occurred to me as I reflected on this text today.
I remember an account of an experiment involving two fish – one a predator and the other, its prey. Though in the same aquarium, there was a piece of glass separating these two such that, the predator hit a barrier anytime it attempted to catch its prey. This barrier was removed after a few weeks, but it produced some astonishing yet interesting results.
While the removal of the barrier meant that the predator and prey were swimming side by side, the predator never attempted to draw near its prey because its brain had been reprogrammed to see a barrier that was non-existent. The one thing that remains subtle in today’s text is fact that after eliminating Paul and Silas from this equation, ‘even though all the chains on the prisoners had fallen off, all them remained static and in the prison’. That my dear, is a very big deal.
‘Who the son sets free, is free indeed’-Chains were loosed, but prisoners chose to stay! What we can learn from this account is that ‘it is one thing to know you are free, and another thing to walk in that freedom’. You can be set free, but still be in bondage. My dear, true freedom goes beyond knowing that you are free, but living with, and in the freedom that has been won for you. Let us therefore not remain bound, when the desire of God is to see us living with the freedom he won for us on the cross.
Remember # you have been freed of all bonds, so begin to walk in that freedom.