Surprises Without End
Sep 14, 2020 1929
I love the way The Message paraphrases Job 5:9,
He’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises.
I entrusted my life to the Lord Jesus when I was young. Since then, my life hasn’t turned out the way I thought it would, Far from it! I can vouch for the fact that God’s acts in my life have been great and unexpected.
I’ve seen God’s surprises in how he has moved in my life in guiding my life choices in surprising ways that I could never have foreseen, in intervening in my problems when I could see no way through, and in opening new vistas of possibilities that I never knew existed.
Think about the life of Moses. Moses, who grew up as a prince in Egypt’s court, would have never expected that he would have married a Bedouin woman and that he would spend four decades as a shepherd in the wilderness. He never expected that he would one day challenge the authority of the mightiest king in the world with only a staff in his hand, and that with this staff he would part the waters of the sea. Moses never expected that he would form a new nation out of slaves that he would liberate, or that he would one day see the face of God, who would speak to him as a friend.
I’m certain that God has a great sense of humour.
In my own life, there have been plenty of surprises as well! When I was a child I never thought that I would be a teacher. And when I was a teacher I never thought that I would be an international business entrepreneur. When I was a business executive, I never thought I would be a theologian. When I was a theologian, I never thought that I would be leading a global Gospel ministry. I never thought that I would marry someone as wonderful as my wife or have our two beautiful children. Just as these have been surprises in my life, so too have been the Lord’s interventions in the everyday and sometimes very personal affairs of my life.
As I look back, I can acknowledge the Lord’s great and unexpected acts in my own life. I can enthusiastically agree that there’s no end to his surprises. As I look forward to my future, not just in this world but in eternity, I’m excited! Who knows what the Lord will do and how he will surprise me!
There is no end to God’s surprises.
Not only is God full of surprises, but I’m certain he’s got a great sense of humour as well! I’ve often come to what I’ve thought have been dead-ends in my life: relationships that seem shut down, work that seems fruitless, and employment that is going nowhere. Sometimes I’ve prayed anxiously to the Lord. And then, the Lord has provided a totally unexpected way out. Then, in awe of his ways, I’ve thanked him, and I’m certain that he’s lovingly chuckled at my earlier lack of faith. All along, the Lord had a totally unexpected solution waiting in the wings, to be revealed just at the right time. Our God is the king of the unexpected, of the creative solutions, and left-field options!
In those circumstances, I’ve been very happy to have Jesus chuckle kindly at my expense. He has always come through and worked on my behalf to open doors and pathways in my life.
Heaven won’t be static. There will be surprises without end. So, wherever you think your life is at right now, remember that there’s never a dead-end in your life for the Lord.