The thing I’ve always remembered about the story of Silas in Acts 16 was that he and Paul were praying and singing hymns to God after being humiliated, severely beaten, chained, and locked up. When I think of all the ways they could have reacted to such events, it amazes me. They weren’t lying there thinking about what a rotten day it had been. They weren’t even lying there thinking about how much pain they were in. They were praying and singing to God. What a testimony!
Recently, I found the last time Silas is mentioned in the Bible. It’s in I Peter 5:8-12. Peter writes, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it” (NIV).
Perhaps that is the secret to Paul and Silas being able to sing to God while hurting and in prison. They were not doing it out of their own strength, but God Himself was restoring them and making them strong, firm, and steadfast, just as He has promised to do for each of us.
I hope you enjoy sharing the story – and the secret – of Silas with your children!