In Acts 16 we come across a very familiar passage about Paul and Silas. Paul and Silas have been going about the providence of Philippi doing the work of the Lord and the people there have finally had enough of them. They grabbed hold of the two of them, beat them, threw them in prison, and had the jailer put them in the inner prison with their feet fastened in stocks.
Now I don’t know about you but I’ve been in Paul and Silas’ predicament before. I’ve been going around doing the work of the Lord and getting attacked for it. Maybe not physically; but emotionally I’ve felt beaten, mentally I’ve felt thrown in prison, and spiritually I’ve felt locked up. But I’m so glad the story doesn’t end there. This is what Luke says happened:
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” (Acts 16:25, 26 NKJV)
Now I’m one of those people, like Judah Smith, who believe that everything in the Bible is there for a reason. Paul and Silas were thrown into prison during the day, but they didn’t start to pray and praise God until midnight. Why? What’s so important about midnight?
Well, as I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes point out, at midnight is where the clock goes from P.M. to A.M. signifying the start of a brand new day. When the clock hits 12:00 A.M. a new morning has arrived. I believe Paul and Silas new what David wrote in Psalm 30:
“Weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NIV)
Whatever happened the day before will only last through the night but joy, peace, and hope come in the morning. So rejoice because it’s a new day. Rejoice because you have a brand new hope. Rejoice because your circumstances are about to change. Rejoice because the Son is about to rise on your situation. Rejoice because your deliverance is coming.
I also believe that Paul and Silas knew what the writer of Lamentations was thinking when he wrote:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22, 23 ESV)
Paul and Silas knew that even though there situation looked hopeless, even though there circumstances looked bleak; God’s mercy was going to see them through. Because of His mercy, God was going to prevent what looked as if it was going to happen and set them free. Not only set them free, but also set everyone around them free.
God wanted me to let you know that your P.M. has become A.M. Your night has become day. Even though it might not look as if it has because your situation and circumstance still are dark, rejoice because your breakthrough is coming. Not only are you going to be set free, but everything and everyone that is connected to you is going to be set free. Whatever the enemy has locked up before, God is about to set free. Don’t feel broke, busted, or disgusted anymore. Lift up your head, lift up your heart, and lift up your voice because your salvation is here.