But a midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25 NKJV)
You’ve heard the expression “misery loves company.” When Paul and Silas found themselves unfairly imprisoned in a Philippian jail, they didn’t spend their jail time coming up with a defense or complaining about being falsely accused. Their instinct was to pray and sing hymns to God.
The other prisoners were listening to them.
In this verse, the Greek word for “listening” includes the idea of listening “with pleasure.”
Everyone jailed with Paul and Silas benefited from their response to a terrible circumstance.
When we find ourselves in miserable situations, let’s use the time to glorify God and edify those around us.
Take a look at Acts 16:26 (the very next verse), and see what happens when we do.