About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 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. 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. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
An earthquake crumbles the prison, and the jailer rushes to take his own life. We gain insight into what was on the line for this man as he loses control of this prison situation. God uses this event to reach the man and bring him to his knees before Paul, who we find prepared and ready to deliver the gospel…saving not only the man, but his household as well. As we live for Christ, we must strive to be prepared to share the truth of the gospel. God will surely continue to reveal Himself, providing a platform for His great mercy.
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