Paul’s tenacity while in Lockdown: Out of all the Bible characters, I feel like I identify most with Paul, because he has a bit of “mongrel” in him. Like a dog with a bone, he holds onto the truth of the gospel, and nothing and nobody is going to take away the Truth that he now bears.
In Acts 16 when Paul and Silas are severely flogged and thrown into prison for delivering people from demons, and preaching the gospel, this is what we see them doing:
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them,” Acts 16:25.
During this pandemic outbreak when we feel a little imprisoned, let’s pray and sing hymns to God, even if we can’t sleep at midnight! We never know which neighbour in lockdown may hear our joyful encounter with the Lord and be ministered to themselves (maybe not at midnight though!).
For Paul and Silas, when they prayed and praised, the stocks fell off their feet and the prison doors flew open. This witnessed to the jailer and his whole family, who then believed and were baptised. So, let’s have the tenacity of Paul this lockdown and trust in Christ to keep us spiritually free and joyful in the Spirit, despite our present circumstances. Our witness of faith is important in the Lord’s plan of redemption.