Need A Waymaker?


About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, "Do not harm yourself, for we are all here." And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God. — Acts 16:25-34

I find it so interesting that we don't hear any explaining, complaining, or blaming by Paul and Silas in this text. These two men don't attempt to explain their way out of their situation, complain about the situation, or cast blame on anyone — including their accusors or God. And remember, they are not in a good spot. Previously Paul had been stoned in Lystra, but Jews did this. At this moment, he stands before Roman magistrates who are more vicious and protective of their customs. And so these men are stripped naked, ridiculed, beaten, and thrown deep in prison, all from false testimony.

I don't know about you, but when I am in a challenging situation, I tend to give as much human effort as possible. I turn to human ingenuity to navigate my way. This is especially true when suffering injustice.

Yet this isn't what Paul and Silas do. Even until the late hours of the night, they turn to only supernatural effort in prayer. In prayer, they turn to God, and God shows up. The earth shakes. Prison doors fly open. Shackles drop off. And their freedom is steps away. But God provides more, way more. They depart the prison out with an additional person; a Philippian jailer. Their spiritual belief becomes his spiritual belief. And a Roman in a faithless city is saved. But not just him, his whole family.

And then, as I reflected on this and wondered if I miss out on supernatural provision because I trust too much on natural provision. If I get in God's way by trusting in myself, my ingenuity, my righteousness, and my godly defense?

The conclusion I came to was this: that sometimes righteous action is needed. But sometimes, the righteous action that is necessary is not activity based on my ingenuity. But righteous action that trusts in God's ingenuity. And these men model how to do that here. The righteous action is prayer. Trusting only in God through prayer and asking him to make the way. Jesus, after all, said he was the way, truth, and life. And early believers we called believers in the "Way." So what these men model for us is how to let the Waymaker make the way. And as they do, God does what he does best — he makes the way.

So today, stop trying to make your way. Let the Waymaker make way for you. And then let's watch and see if God does something you could not do anyway — something supernatural.

ASK THIS: What do you need to stop doing and let God do for you? (Share below).

DO THIS: Ask God to provide the way. And then get out of the way.

PRAY THIS: God, I need you to do this ________________________________

PLAY THIS: Waymaker — Jesus Image Choir.


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21 thoughts on “Need A Waymaker?

  1. Daniel Rushton says:

    I got out of God’s way yesterday. Before I was physically hurting and not wanting to even move. But as soon as I turned it over to God, my pain decreased and I had a easy enjoyable day doing errands. Get out of God’s way and let him lead. Amen

  2. David J says:

    God help me to stop trying to change things/people that are not mine to change.
    God you are in control and you have a path for all of us. Help me help others and myself on the path you have for us. In your Holy name. Amen

  3. John says:

    We are weak! He is strong! 🙂 He always makes away even when we don’t see Him!!
    He definitely is a Waymaker!

  4. Trent says:

    In all my life situations, I need to remember that trust in God is action, not words or a state of mind. I need to trust Him to work in me and those around me and STOP TRYING TO PUSH Him aside and take the reins myself. I am a man that thinks I can do everything with out help. I can handle myself. I can even be there for others and handle some of their stuff. Then something comes up to open my eyes and bring me to my knees and know that there is only 1 way to the Father and His kingdom and I CANNOT GET THEIR ON MY OWN. Lord help me, I need you, thank you for being their for me in spite of my ego and pride.

  5. Jack Dellinger says:

    Taking things as they come and live with more intentionality. There are a few things in this account that make me think Paul knew he needed to go to prison. He was placed in stocks in the inner dungeon…what was that a prison within a prison? If so how did he know the guard was about to injure himself. Later we will see that this was an illegal incarceration….did Paul have a lapse of memory of who he was and what rights he had? I don’t think so. Paul somehow knew that prison for him meant freedom for someone else and he was willing to deny his own rights to allow another man the opportunity to walk in freedom. In case you are wondering this is one of my favorite Bible Stories.

  6. Jeffrey says:

    I need to stop thinking I can look after my problem that come up alone- I need to have faith and lay them in God’s lap and pray and believe. He will look after me!!!🙏

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