Peace in the midst of calamity
An Inside Journal asked former and current prisoners about their sleeping experiences. The majority had trouble sleeping, especially in their first weeks, thanks to uncomfortable mattresses, a snoring cellmate, the noise of officers' keys, banging doors, screaming, or loud talking, anxiety, and safety concerns.
Peter knew that Herod the king had killed James, the brother of John, with the sword, and he would be the next one to be executed. But remarkably, he slept. He had been there for several days, and this is not the first time he has been in prison, but it is, as he knows, the last night before his scheduled execution. Yet he is sleeping peacefully, obviously trusting that God will glorify himself either by his death or by delivering him so that he can live.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Acts 12:6
Peter must have also drawn inspiration from Jesus during Jesus Calming the Storm, where Jesus was asleep when he and his disciples encountered a great storm on the sea. Jesus trusted God, the father, that everything was in his father’s control.
Peter had perfect peace during calamities. God moved supernaturally to bring Peter out of prison.
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen. Acts 12:11
Each one of us has our own prison experience.
But God will not forsake us in our prison life. No prison or locked-up situation is too hard for the Lord to deliver us from. God moved supernaturally to bring Peter out of prison, He can also deliver us from our prison experiences. All we need to do is trust in him during these times.