Sudden Success: When God Steps In

2 Chronicles 29:36
And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

And who said there’s no such thing as overnight success! From a human’s perspective, many times what needs fixing appears as if it will take many years, hard labor, and the patience of Job. We always see things as if we’re just beginning to address the problem and that IF it ever gets fixed, that it will take longer than we have the time or resources to endure. This is especially true if the problem has mounted and reached its breaking point, and that’s when we realize that we don’t even have the time or the power to fix it ourselves! For example, when Peter began to sink after walking on the water with Jesus, he didn’t have time to strategize and plan and pray about it for a while and wait patiently for the Lord; he needed a rush order from Heaven! All he had time to do was pray, “Lord, save me [Mat 14:30].” Take also for example the children of Israel, who, when pinned against the wall with the Red Sea on one side and the mountains on the other and Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit, did not have the time or power to help themselves! That’s when Moses, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto the people, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…[Exo 14:13]”

You see, when we’re in this kind of predicament, what we need is nothing short of a miracle from God Himself, and that’s where it gets interesting! Our text says, “God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.” Isn’t it amazing that what problems we are worrying about today because we don’t know how to fix; God has been working on all the while! He has been preparing people’s hearts and setting the stage behind the scenes, so that when it looks impossible, He will with sovereign authority, strategy, and accuracy step on the scene and “suddenly” turn things around! Perhaps all He’s waiting on now is for you to simply pray, “Lord, save me.” And then stand still and see His salvation work suddenly in your life! Trust Him and you will see!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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