You know that moment…the lights are off, people huddled in every corner of the room. The unsuspecting victim walks through the door and with the turning on of the lights, everyone yells Surprise!!!
I was that ‘victim’ on my 40th birthday. Without all of the details (which would take way more time than two minutes), my wife threw the biggest surprise of my life.
I walked into the large room at our church and there were over 100 of my friends and family waiting for me. SURPRISE!!! Totally and completely surprised. I had no idea.
The Word – surprise
The Worth – Why is it that we are surprised when God does something great?
Sure, it is understandable when the Red Sea parts. Exodus 14
Or when the walls of Jericho fall down. Joshua 7
Or when the bush is on fire but not burning up. Exodus 3
Or when Jesus turns water into wine. John 2
Or when Paul prays and the boy returns from the dead. Acts 20
In 1 Thessalonians 5, there is a single verse that has had my attention for many years. I would say it is in the top three of my favorites.
vs. 24 “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
Or, in my translation, “If God said it, it will happen.”
It may not happen when or how we would like to see it but God is sovereign. It will happen as He said it would. So I ask again, why are we surprised when God moves?
The Work – Can I challenge you? This is a challenge for all who follow Jesus.
Live in such a way that you are not surprised when God does something awesome.
God gives us so many promises in His word. We can count on every one of them. So when you pray, let your faith expand. Know that God will accomplish what He said.
And don’t need to be surprised when it happens. =-)