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God Likes Surprises

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.
“Even after my skin is destroyed,
Yet from my flesh I shall see God; –Job 19:25-26 NASB

Many times we face trouble and hardship because this world is fallen and broken. We also have an enemy whose threefold mission is simple but deadly: steal, kill, and destroy.

In the midst of these trials, we may take comfort that one day it will all be over and one day we will see God. One day we’ll leave this world of pain behind and He will make it all right.

All of that is true of course, but we’re forgetting something. God is not only capable of surprising us, I’m convinced He likes to do just that.

Mary and Martha experienced that as they mourned the death of their brother. Jesus was trying to tell them that this wasn’t over, but in their haze, they only seemed to be able to offer up religious platitudes.

“I know one day Lazarus will be raised up…”

It’s similar to Job’s confession, and we do the same. Whenever we find ourselves looking toward the sweet by and by or that miraculous ‘one day’ we have the opportunity to examine our hearts (more accurately, we let the Holy Spirit examine us). It’s not the day or fulfillment we are waiting and longing for, it’s the Redeemer and Finisher. We can keep our eyes trained on Him.

The day certainly can’t save us or show us anything, but we persist in this line of thinking. ¬†Sometimes we do this to hold onto a shred of encouragement. Other times we do it out of serious unbelief. Either way, we should remember that God is a God of surprises.

He shows up in a thousand unexpected ways for and through people that may have no clue. Like Job, like Mary and Martha–we may have ‘one day’ in mind, but He just may want to reveal Himself a little sooner.

Remember after God shows up and confronts Job? He changes his tune in more ways than one. He had a real experience with the living God and it brought him to repentance and a new perspective.

Then Job answered the LORD and said,
“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You; –Job 42:1-5 NASB

He didn’t have to wait until the final day and very well may not have to either. Keep looking and seeking, asking and knocking. If my eyes are going to get worn out, I want it to be from looking and waiting for Him rather than looking for that¬†day or heaven’s distant shore.

We certainly have a precedent set, and who knows–He must just surprise you.

Have you ever been surprised by God? Do you fall into “one day” thinking? If yes, why do you think that is?

8 Comments

  1. Many of my surprises have come in the financial realm. When we didn’t have anything at times in the past, God stepped in and blessed in unique and surprising ways.
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    • I completely understand, Matt. He has done things for me and my family that I couldn’t have planned and still don’t totally comprehend. There are struggles for sure, but He is Provider. Thanks so much.

  2. I think we wear our eyes out looking and concentrating on the world in it’s physical form. We trust so much the senses that we miss the fact that each day declares God’s majesty.

    I’ve been surprised and delivered and yet still struggle with what my eyes and senses tell me in the flesh… The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Thanks for the reminder to look for Him in each day.

    • And when we have our eyes concentrating there, it becomes natural to forget God and “move on.” Life and its busyness take a hold and things take root in our hearts and worship. He is well able though to keep us from falling and present us as blameless in His presence in joy (Jude 1:24). What a grace we are privileged to know! Thank you, Floyd.

  3. Just recently The Lord surprised me real good. You see our vegetable garden did really well. The reason being we declared The Blessing over it Like the Father did over Noah. It got to be so much that where giving away, so my dad told a friend of ours who just happened to own a very great chinese food restaurant. So last Tuesday my dad was to busy so he asked me to go and take some vegetables to them. At first I didn’t want to go, but the Lord said go so I went I delievered it and right before I was about to walk out Our Friend Tony (He’s the owner) said come back so I did He asked If I had Lunch I said no He well know you will its on the house. All I can say The Lord is Good !
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    • He blesses us in so many big and small ways, doesn’t He? He loves us so much. Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

  4. Recently I was surprised by His awesome planning skills, when my son announced to us that he thinks he has found his future wife. The story is amazing and so God it left me with a new sense of wonder.
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    • Wow! That’s awesome, Jay. Our God leads and guides us in all His ways. Thank you.