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God’s Timetable for Suddenly

God is the God who suddenly intervenes in our lives.  God is not limited to the natural process of things.  God can speed up natural processes for you.  You could have spent a lot of years wrecking relationships, for example, but God can suddenly restore them, just as the prodigal son in the Bible was quickly restored to full sonship in the father’s house.  No matter how suddenly the “storms” of life hit you out of the blue, God’s “suddenlies” are more powerful than your suddenlies.

More often than not, however, the suddenlies that impact our lives are on a timetable different than ours.  It seems like it’s taking longer for a resolution to arise than we’d want.  Often, when there is a delay to God’s “suddenly” unfolding for our benefit, it is easy to get discouraged and give up.  You are not alone in feeling that way.  But this is the exact time when you need to keep your faith strong and your trust in God true.  Just because it’s not working on the timetable you want doesn’t mean the Lord God is not working on your behalf.

In the natural realm, waiting can seem like a waste.  However, as part of God’s family, we need to tap into the wisdom of our Heavenly Father.  We need to understand the “why” behind the delay.  The following are six reasons why the arrival of God’s “suddenly” in your life is delayed.

[1] You face an adversary.  A spiritual world surrounds our natural world in ways we don’t recognize.  God wants you to keep praying.  The answer is on the way.

[2] God wants to grow you.  The Lord has a goal for all of us.  Being like Christ is the goal for all of us.

[3] God wants first place in your life.  He has a desire for you to place Him Number One.  Sometimes, the “suddenly” is delayed because there is something first place in your life that is not Jesus.  We all live with an inconsolable desire that can only be filled by the Lord Jesus.

[4] God wants to use you.  We have to be open to the fact that God’s purpose is higher and we need to trust that God knows best.

[5] He wants to glorify Himself through you.  God sometimes likes to wait to the last minute.  What is at stake is glory going to Him.  The delay increases the glory for Him.

[6] God wants to protect you.  God cares for you.  A delay may be the thing that ensures your protection.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”  So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.Exodus 13:17-18

A “suddenly” happened in the life of Joseph, as described in the book of Genesis. Joseph went from the prison to the palace in a matter of hours.  But what people don’t often realize is that there was a long process – 13 years, in fact – when Joseph was in either slavery or prison and was likely wondering “Where is my suddenly, God?”

Ultimately, his deliverance from the dire situation came on a timetable that was not Joseph’s timetable, but it surely came.  It was done on God’s timetable.  Likewise, the suddenly in your life is on its way on God’s timetable.  It will be worth it.

God’s Suddenlies

Let’s be honest, some of the most devastating things in life come at us suddenly – job loss, doctor’s reports, an early morning knock at the door. When you’ve experienced life-altering suddenlies, it’s hard not to live with an undercurrent of fear. Part of the solution is realizing that God has his own suddenlies.

Jesus was in a boat with his disciples when suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake. Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and just as suddenly, it was completely calm. (Matthew 8:23-26)

Jesus was at a wedding when they ran out of wine – a truly embarrassing scenario for the host of the wedding. Making wine is a lengthy process. It takes years, even decades, to for vines to yield a fine wine. Jesus miraculously turned water into wine. and he did it suddenly! (John 2:1-10)

Saul was enemy number one for early Christians. He persecuted them, put people in jail and watched in approval as followers of Christ were murdered. But his life was changed forever when “suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” (Acts 9:3) He went on to be one of the most influential voices in church history.

Paul and Silas were thrown into prison. At midnight, they were singing and praising God, when suddenly an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison, the doors flew open and their chains fell off. (Acts 16:25-26)

The children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years. Then, God raised up Moses to lead them to the land he had promised them. He sent the ten plaques against the Egyptians and as Israel made their escape, God suddenly parted the Red Sea so they could cross over to freedom. It took a little time for God’s suddenly to arrive, but it came. (Exodus 14)

If you are worried about the unpredictable suddenlies of life, or you are stuck in the middle of a difficult suddenly right now, don’t lose hope! Sometimes God’s suddenly takes longer than we’d like to arrive. But don’t give up! Imagine God suddenly transforming your suddenly! Keep expecting him to move in your life and circumstances. God’s suddenly will come.