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Worship in the Dungeon [Devotion]

Worship in the Dungeon [Devotion]

By Aaron Olson on September 09, 2013

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible is Acts 16:25-26.  We find Paul and Silas in stocks in the inner dungeon. Here’s why: They are in Thyatira preaching the Good News. They are harassed by a demon possessed girl, who’s owners use her to make money telling fortunes. Paul commands the demon to leave her, and it does, immediately. The girl’s owners are in an uproar because they have now lost a source of income. The slave owners gather a mob together and they strip Paul and Silas, beat them with rods, and get them thrown into prison.

At this point, I know that one of the hardest things for me to do would be to worship. Pray, yes. Pray for God to do something. Pray for Him to save me. But worship? Hardly. Worship is an act of praise. Worship is thanking God for what He has done, is DOING, and will do. It is hard to worship God in the midst of trials. It is easier to worship Him for what He has done, and will do, not always for what He is doing.

But you see, Paul and Silas knew that this wasn’t the end of the road for them in Thyatira. In verses 9-10, Paul had a vision: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (ESV)

Paul and Silas knew that God was sending them to Macedonia. Now guess where Thyatira is? Macedonia. Paul and Silas saw their jail cell simply as a means to an end, not the end. As you finish Acts 16 you see Paul and Silas lead the jailer and his entire family to Christ and be baptized. God had big plans for them, and they knew it, even in the midst of the darkness of the dungeon.

I encourage you to worship God in the dungeon today. You may be facing a dark moment; He is there. As you struggle with hearing God; He is there. As you fight the temptations all around you; He is there. Take a breath, step back, and worship. Worship Him because He is worthy. Worship Him because He loves you. Worship Him because He will lead you out of the dungeon.

The heart is deceitful above all else. Satan doesn’t want you to worship God in the dungeon. He wants you to doubt. He wants you to fear. He wants you to be angry towards God. But worship is a necessity. Worship is a choice we make even when it’s hard.

So, worship in the dungeon. Your trial is merely a means to an end. And that end involves you and God being closer than before.

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Aaron Olson

Aaron Olson

Aaron has been involved in youth ministry in some capacity for the last 10 years, and currently serves as youth pastor at Rock Family Church in Colorado Springs, CO.  Aaron's heart beats for this generation and for his local youth ministry, but he also loves to travel and speak at various ministries across the country.  Aaron is married to the most amazing woman, Chelsea, and they have a beautiful daughter, Hadlee. Find out more about Aaron at www.aaronolsonministries.com