But God will shoot them with his arrows; they will suddenly be struck down. Psalm 64:7

It’s interesting to consider some of the “suddenlies” in the Bible:

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote” (Daniel 5:5).

“But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the tent of meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the Lord appeared” (Numbers 16:42).

“As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind” (2 Kings 2:11).

“All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame” (Psalm 6:10).

“Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

We’re more accustomed to hearing about the times when we have to wait on the Lord and exercise patience and trust. But God can also do things suddenly – cure a sickness suddenly; turn a situation around suddenly; mend a relationship suddenly.

This teaches us to be on the lookout for God’s ‘suddenlies,’ and know that God can intervene at any time. It encourages us to pray more fervently and live with more hope. We never know when God will surprise us with his grace and favour. The Christian life becomes an exciting, (sometimes scary) adventure when we live with the expectation of God’s suddenlies.

The alternative is live without expectation and settle for a comfortable Christian life where we simply go through a religious routine.

Let’s be open to God’s suddenness, and be thankful for them.