Choose to Rejoice
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Your joy as a Christian should not depend on your circumstances. Joy comes from God, and therefore it cannot be affected by what is outside of you. Don’t be fooled into letting the actions of others determine your joy.
God has completely forgiven you of every sin, and even now, He has a home prepared in heaven where you can spend eternity with Him ( Jn 14:3). The circumstances of your life cannot change these truths!
Paul and Silas faced some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. They were falsely accused, arrested, and imprisoned. They were beaten and shackled in the darkest, coldest section of the prison. But they refused to allow their horrific situation to dampen their joy! They did not blame God for allowing these things to happen to them. Instead, they praised Him for His goodness!