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Out of Control

I like to be in control.

I am most uncomfortable when God allows me to be in places where I have little or no control.  In Acts 16, the jailer holding Paul and Silas prisoner was given a lesson in how little he controls. God used the man’s powerlessness to draw him to Paul and Silas and ultimately to a relationship with Jesus.

Immediately after Paul and Silas revealed that they had not escaped, despite the fact that God had set them free, the jailer acted. He knew they could have escaped, but they didn’t. Realizing his lack of power in this out of control situation, the jailer fell before Paul and Silas in verse 30 asking, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 

God used the jailer’s lack of control to reveal his next steps. The jailer took Paul and Silas to his home, where he and his family accepted Christ and were baptized. He realized the love of God, accepted it and responded - and so did his family!

In His great love for us, God will always reveal that He is in control. When we recognize this and embrace His role in our lives, He will guide us to places we never even imagined!


  • Is there anything in your life that you are not allowing God to control?
  • Is there an “out of control” situation in your life that you can begin to see God’s hand in?

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