[February 1]
At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God. Acts 16:25
THE Christian life is not a sad or morose one, but a most joyful one. He can even be joyful in tribulation, "knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope." Knowing also that "our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory"—beyond the veil. (Romans 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 4:17) We thus partake in the cup of suffering and joy which is an earnest of our inheritance.... This rejoicing in Spirit is necessary to our courage and zeal in the service of the Lord. Note the operation of it in St. Paul, who with Silas, could sing praises to God in the prison with his feet in the stocks and his back lacerated. And so it should be with all Christ's true followers in the narrow way. Z'10-117 R4592:4(Hymn 65)