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Holding on for the “Suddenly”

It’s the crying out to God day and night that qualifies God’s elect to enter into His fuller purposes. To quit is to forfeit. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers 

I shudder to think how many times I’ve given up because I thought God was taking too long. So many things vying for attention, demanding my focus. This way looks good, like a way out. That way shows promise–let me run over there.

Now, I have honestly experienced a lack of God’s leading or direction yet felt Him as I fumbled through, but it all comes down to our position of faith. It’s when you run off because you’re bored or tired or discouraged that becomes the problem.

As long as we stay in Him, there is always hope.

Even though God delays His answers at times, He never waits too long. He waits as long as is necessary, but when the season of delay is complete and the intended work in our hearts is perfected, He acts most swiftly and sends His answer “speedily.” Perhaps you’ve been waiting for a long time, but when God finally moves on your behalf, you may well be shocked at how suddenly everything changes for you. –Bob Sorge, the Fire of Delayed Answers 

In the midst of the delays, it’s hard to remember He has the end in mind, that it’s only going to last as long as is absolutely necessary to complete the current work He wants to do. He is a good Father. He may not delight in the process of pruning, but I’m sure He delights in bringing the “suddenly” even more than we do.

We call it the breakthrough. It’s joyous and beautiful, and those outside can see it and think we’re “lucky” or “blessed.” They didn’t see everything before the moment of transformation. They didn’t see the cocoon you emerged from that confined, restrained, and did its work in the darkness.

I have some answers I’m waiting for, my suddenlies. I’m more encouraged than ever to keep standing and crying out, to remain in Him until the work is finished.

reachI know He wants to see promises fulfilled, but the beauty of Christ being formed in us? That is indeed priceless.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced any “suddenlies” lately?


fda-sorge3Welcome to week 2 of Chapter 6 for our book club discussion of the Fire of Delayed Answers (disclosure) by Bob Sorge. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Since the chapters are longer and subject matter warrants, we’ll also be taking 2 weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

14 Comments

  1. After my dad died we needed to sell my moms house and move her closer- AND find her a new job. At first it seemed impossible, but God worked it all out. Prayer after prayer went up and then suddenly, it all fell into place. It seemed so stressful as it was happening, but looking back I can see God’s hand all over it.

    • Beautiful. Thanks for sharing that great testimony, TC. Blessings!

  2. As I finished reading that chapter and reading your post it comes back to me that His answering quickly when the time is right is usually the time after our perspective has changed. It is us He’s seeking to change, not so much our surroundings. When we are changed the need and desire for that change is less than desperate. At least that’s been my experience in life as I tend to run out in front of the shadow and protection of His hand.

    • That’s my experience too. I’m humbled that He blesses as much as He can bless in my current foibles and state and then He puts me in a process to handle more. We are certainly being changed and moving from glory to glory. Great thoughts, Floyd. Thank you.

  3. I have come to realize that my “suddenlies” are actually the process of God working in the details of my life. When I look back, I can see the process of Him working through the small details (steps) that add up over time to make a big difference. I am learning to notice him more in those details and to more fully be aware of Him working there.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Seeing vs. PerceivingMy Profile

    • I honestly believe that the majority of life in the Spirit is simply paying attention. He reveals Himself in the details when we’re looking. We may not always recognize the bigger picture, but we can take heart and build faith along the way when we’re seeing Him as He takes us somewhere and moves us forward. Thank you, Kari.

  4. A lot of people are holding on for the “suddenlies”, myself included. There is comfort that comes with devoted trust in God and by being surrounded by those who are also waiting upon Him in their own lives.

    The suddenly will come. Its timing will be perfect.
    Dusty recently posted..Pray and Not Give UpMy Profile

    • Man, I need a couple of suddenlies! Like you said, He is completely, 100% trustworthy. Circumstances don’t determine His faithfulness. He is just so good! Thanks Dusty.

  5. We must always remember that He who started the good work in us will be faithful to complete it. This took me years to learn, but hindsight is 20/20, and I am so grateful for the lesson God taught me -- everything is in His perfect timing.
    And, sometimes, His answers come in those most unexpected “suddenlies”, don’t they?
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Safe and SoundMy Profile

    • Everything about Him is perfect so we can trust His timing is perfect too! It is incredible to me how we can be waiting years on a breakthrough for something and then we are caught by surprise when it “suddenly” happens after years of preparation. Reminds me it’s less about how much faith I have and more about His word! Thank you, Martha, and blessings to you too. 🙂

  6. I’m hanging in there waiting for my suddenly, but in the process, let me not forget the small blessings of today, even if it’s just a cup of coffee brought to me by a co-worker. Mama always tells me not to wish my life away. I think Mama knows what she’s talking about. 🙂
    Sarah Salter recently posted..Fight or Flight?My Profile

    • Gratitude for the moment and expectation of the completion. Makes you feel a bit schizophrenic at times, but it is possible to live both in Him! Thanks Sarah (your mama’s a wise woman). 🙂

  7. ” Makes you feel a bit schizophrenic at times …” You could say that 😀
    Rick Dawson recently posted..Ear TrainingMy Profile

    • Ha! Thanks for understanding my logic, Rick. 🙂

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