Acts Day 186 -True Peace
16:29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
This jailer is rejoicing even though morning is coming. In a city where the day before Paul and his companions were beaten mercilessly and shackled in maximum security prison this jailer and his wife and children are now baptized followers of Jesus. What will the morning bring? Imprisonment? Beatings? Worse? And yet we find him rejoicing.
In other words when circumstances are good peace is logical. When circumstances are bad it is not. What would you prefer? Going up and down like a roller coaster based entirely on your circumstances or being at peace always no matter what is happening around you or to you?
Jesus said knowing the truth would make us free and the truth is that when we have Jesus and we place our life in His hands everything ends well. It may not be well in the moment. It may be hellish sometimes. "In this world we will have trouble but be of good cheer - rejoice - because I have overcome the world." That's Jesus talking. That's the man who prayed for our forgiveness while we were killing Him. Peace in the storm. Peace because He knew how the Story would end and when we choose Him we do too.
Peace that is beyond understanding because it is rooted in truth that stretches far beyond the moment. "Let us sing a song that will cheer us by the way, in a little while we're going Home... the night will end in an everlasting day, in a little while we're going Home."