• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Suddenly!


“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:13-14

Suddenly – happening quickly and unexpectedly - Immediately, instantaneously, instantly, straightaway, all of a sudden, all at once, promptly, abruptly, swiftly

With the declaration to the world that the Savior of all mankind had come, there also came in that very same moment the sudden appearance of a multitude of angels saying, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace good will toward men."

The word suddenly is mentioned 41 times in the Bible. In some instances, it’s about things that should not be done suddenly as in 1 Timothy 5:22

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” 1 Timothy 5:22.

In other words, don’t be quick to ordain a novice to leadership in the church or promote someone without first proving their calling and election by God's divine confirmation out go the mouth of two or three witnesses. [Deuteronomy 19:15]

There are also prophecies concerning the sudden coming of judgment against sin as in Proverbs 29:1

“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1

Now we all know that there are times and seasons that God has set in motion and periods of life that are established such as, the length of days and nights, months and years, the time from inception to birth, seed time and harvest and so on.

Of the prophesies concerning Jesus Malachi 3:1 says:

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts,” Malachi 3:1

Or on the Day of Pentecost Acts 2:2-3 records a suddenly that marked the empowerment and sending forth of the Church.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” Acts 2:2-3

Saul on the Road to Damascus encountered a suddenly, a blinding light from Heaven. [Acts 22:6]

God deals in “suddenlys” as well “eventuallys” and “ultimatelys.”

“Suddenlys” are not commonplace but they do happen. Blessings can come suddenly. In fact, in Deuteronomy 28 God promised Israel (and therefore us) that blessings would come upon them and us and overtake them and us if they (we) harken diligently unto the voice of the Lord.

God can and often does bless us in an instant and change the whole course of or lives suddenly. Salvation coming to the hearts of men and women is the most common suddenly in the spiritual realm. The instant we confess that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, in that instance we are suddenly transformed from death to life in Jesus Christ. In that very moment, we are saved eternally. In that “twinkling of an eye” we are made new creations in Christ Jesus. Suddenly we are born again.

Our lives can be suddenly changed from want and struggle to abundance and prosperity, from hopelessness to joyful anticipation, from stress and sorrow to peace and joy, from helplessness to power, from despair to sure determination. And all this can happen suddenly, if God so chooses to make it so.

Suddenly-s happen! And yours could be today! All things are possible with God.

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