11 Nov – Suddenly

When we talk about the suddenlies of God, it’s referring to those moments when God suddenly breaks forth into our situation. Suddenlies are usually after we have been in a time of waiting… waiting in our wilderness, waiting for a breakthrough, waiting for God to reveal His plan and purpose. Waiting for things to line up.

But to be honest, I like God suddenlies moves and acts, and it can be at any time, anywhere and anyhow. Those sudden moves of God make me expectant and remind me that God is so much bigger than any formula or prescriptive method I may have on how to get God to act. God is sovereign, and He can come at any time and reveal the reality of who He is; however, He likes.

However, some things do seem to get God’s attention such as when God suddenly came on the scene with some guys named Paul and Silas. They had been thrown in prison for preaching about Jesus, and from the dungeon, they started to sing and pray. Logically speaking, a dungeon would be the last place anyone would decide to have a sing-along. Maybe a desperate “Help God” prayer, but not a sing-along. But these guys were singing so loudly that the other prisoners were entertained as they listened.

Suddenly, I love that word. “Suddenly there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations, All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off.” (Acts 16:25-26 NLT)

God obviously values that kind of praise and worship where it is a sacrifice and makes no earthly sense. He loves it when we choose to sing, and pray and believe Him even though we don’t feel like even opening our mouths.

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name”. (Hebrews 13:15)

Even when it doesn’t make sense, and the world tells us, we should be working more, worrying more about our future, sorting out the kids, organising, cleaning, and always doing more. It’s in those times when it costs us to pray and sing our worship to God that seems to open up doors to suddenlies.

Today, if you’re facing a situation that seems to have you “locked up”, much like Paul and Silas were, know that God is working on your suddenly. Start to sing, pray and worship your way through your circumstances. God loves it, the devil hates it, and other people who may be experiencing similar struggles are listening too. Your suddenly and breakthrough is being prepared even as you give thanks today.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that your word is full of suddenly accounts. Please help me remember to lift my voice in thanks to you even when faced with difficulties or when I feel like I’m in chains. That’s the best time because my suddenly is on the way. In Jesus name Amen.

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