Acts 16:22 - 24

"The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks." NIV translation

This passage reminds us that we cannot count on the courts or any governing body to do the right thing. As with any politician, they simply did what the mob wanted and Paul and Silas were thrown in prison. They were not only put in a cell but their feet were restrained so that they had no hope of escape.

Acts 16:25

"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them." NIV translation

So, after being wrongly beaten and put in prison, Paul and Silas are singing to the Lord. That, my friends, is only possible through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Even in these circumstances, Paul and Silas were being used for God's purposes as the other prisoners were listening. We might winder why we are facing tough times but, as we see here, everything that we face is an opportunity to show others the power of God in our lives.