There are some who make an effort to stay out of the rain; there are others who carry an umbrella when it rains; and there are those who sing in the rain. After reading about Paul and Silas’ jailhouse experience, I get the feeling they would have fit in the last group. We saw yesterday that they chose to sing praises to God after they had been imprisoned on false charges.

The Bible tells us at midnight, God used an earthquake to release these men from their prison cells, stocks, and chains — but did you know they were already free? That’s right. The moment they decided to pray and sing praises in their circumstances, their chains could no longer bind them. Their hearts were unshackled because they determined a little rain would not spoil their parade.

Prayer and praise are indispensable in the life of a victorious Christian. Difficulties will dampen our spirits, and heartbreaking losses will crush our resolve to press forward. In the midst of our trials, God is still righteous. He is still good. He is still in control. Let us praise Him for these things. Faith and hope centered on Christ and eternity will cheer our gloom.

Rain or shine, the parade must go on, Christian. As you prepare for another day where rainfall is inevitable, either from people or circumstances, think about your heart. Will you try to keep it from the rain, use an umbrella to shield it when it rains, or will you cause it to sing in the rain? The choice you make will determine whether you are bound by your circumstances and feelings, or whether you rise above them.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.