What does it look like when we trust God in the midnight hour?
Though we can easily see the difference between night and day in the physical realm, it is not as clear when looking at the heart. Let’s admit it, sometimes life just happens. Sure, there are times where trouble is self created but it is much more difficult to work through unexpected issues in which we had no control over. It is in these times that our faith will be greatly tested.
It takes little effort to navigate through trials when we are sure of the outcome but sometimes God will not allow everything to be immediately revealed to us. So now your thinking God must really love giving surprises, yes I would like to think he does because he always shows up right on time, but ultimately if we knew more than we needed to, some if not all of us would end up blocking our own blessings and stunting spiritual growth. When our faith is tested the opportunity to mature in our faith is available. Once this happen we have one of two choices, complain and remain the same, or trust God and level up!
Acts 16:25-34 Good News Translation (GNT)
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 a violent earthquake, which shook the prison to its foundations. At once all the doors opened, and the chains fell off all the prisoners.27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped; so he pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted at the top of his voice, “Don’t harm yourself We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for a light, rushed in, and fell trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30 Then he led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your family.” 32 Then they preached the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in the house. 33 At that very hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; and he and all his family were baptized at once. 34 Then he took Paul and Silas up into his house and gave them some food to eat. He and his family were filled with joy, because they now believed in God.