Paul is not the hero of Acts 16, even though he was beaten and imprisoned for preaching and still lead the best worship concert he could. Why? It’s simple, he understood and remembered things about Jesus (the true hero of Acts 16 … and every other passage of the Bible) that we tend to forget. Here’s some more of what he remembered.
3) Suffering for the gospel isn’t senseless. God didn’t make people mistreat Paul, but His sovereignty didn’t take a vacation when it happened. Suffering when you’re mistreated actually produces endurance, character, and hope in you. He also knew that his suffering could be an encouragement to others – since many were going through the same thing (2 Corinthians 1:6).
We may not understand why God allows us to suffer, but He really does have a purpose in it. Just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean it’s not true. If you’re suffering when you did nothing wrong, it’s because He wants to do something in and through you. Have you lost your job because you wouldn’t do a shady deal? God knows you were mistreated, and He’s using it to grow you and bring more glory for himself. At the end of the day, it will work out for your good.