Acts 16:26, 32
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
This is the story of when Paul and Silas had been beaten and then cast into prison because of their faith and good works. The suffering is not as hard to endure when we know we are suffering because of our wrong choices and mistakes. It’s an entirely different matter when we are beaten and jailed for doing what was right.
Likewise we are not nearly so eager to try and help someone when their choices and mistakes land them in hard circumstances as we are when we feel like they are suffering wrongly.
Paul and Silas were wrongly jailed with people that mostly deserved to be there. Yet at the darkest part of the night, at midnight, Paul and Silas begin to worship God. Consequently, because of their worship, an earthquake opened the prison and loosed every one’s bonds. Even the jailer and his whole house were saved that night.
We sometimes find ourselves in situations that we seem to be locked in and can’t escape. Many times wrongly so. However instead of fighting the bonds or fighting the situation we should begin by praising and worshiping God Almighty. Perhaps I am there because my worship is going to be used to set someone else free.