Can You Sing in the Rain? (Acts 16:25-40)

For some reason, the passage today about Paul and Silas singing in a Philippian jail makes me think of the old Doris Day / Gene Kelley song called “Singing in the Rain.” The words go like this …

I’m singing in the rain

Just singing in the rain

What a glorious feelin’

I’m happy again

I’m laughing at clouds

So dark up above

The sun’s in my heart

And I’m ready for love

Well, I’m not singing in the rain or anything else as I type this (late Thursday night). I can’t get my computer to work, and so I am doing this on an old computer from about seven years ago — it is an antique. So I have no idea how this is going to format. If it looks crazy, I’m sorry.  It looks like my first stop tomorrow morning is going to be at Best Buy, with my Lenovo computer and receipt of purchase from 14 months ago. Pray for the Geek Squad to fix it.

We are so attached to our devices these days. When the computer or phone goes down on us, we are totally out of sync with the rest of the world and life around us. I’m not a happy guy right now! I don’t feel like singing! I feel like complaining.

But Paul and Silas have been beaten unjustly and thrown in prison. I suppose that hurts a good bit, especially with their feet in stocks. But they begin singing! And their songs become a testimony to the prison keeper and the other prisoners. God intervenes with an earthquake and many come to Christ through the whole situation.

Passages like this remind us that God is able to use the darkest and worst days and situations in our lives for great good for us, and for His glory. We would be well to remember that more. I’d like to write more, but I’m going to be content with these few words and include the passage below (I hope) …

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

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About Randy Buchman

I live in Western Maryland, and among my too many pursuits and hobbies, I regularly feed 3-4 hungry blogs. I played college baseball, coached championship cross country teams at Williamsport (MD) High School, and am the editor of a Baltimore/Maryland sports blog called "The Baltimore Wire." My main profession is as the lead pastor of a church in Hagerstown called Tri-State Fellowship. And I'm active in Civil War history and work/serve at Antietam National Battlefield with a Guides organization. Occasionally I sleep.

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