“And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)
“Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” (Acts 9:3)
“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” (Acts 12:5–7)
“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:25–26)
GOD WORKS IN THE SUDDENLY.
When you least expect it:
1. He meets you suddenly. (Acts 2:2)
Like he met the believers in the upper room were waiting for a sign that even though Christ had ascended to heaven he did not leave them. Remember this when you feel far from God – he’ll show up…suddenly.
2. Your loved ones will be saved suddenly. (Acts 9:3)
When you least expect it, the people you love will find Jesus…or better said – he will find them. “But you don’t know the mess they’re in right now.” Saul was on his way to MURDER people. And in the midst of his rebellion God revealed himself…suddenly.
3. Your prayers will be answered suddenly. (Acts 12:5-7)
We don’t know how long the people were praying in verse 5, but we do know “how” they were praying: fervently. To pray with passion is not difficult. But to pray with consistent passion…without ceasing…that is when the miracles occur. Keep praying, and keep praying fervently because he will answer your prayer…suddenly.
4. Your deliverance will come suddenly. (Acts 16:25–26)
At the “midnight hour” Paul and Silas were delivered. They weren’t expecting it. They weren’t asking for it. They just felt like singing. When the chains are tight around your throat…just keep singing. Because your deliverance will come…suddenly.
BUT NOT INSTANTLY.
And there’s a difference between the two. Instantly means “right away”. Suddenly means “when you least expect it”.
If you can muster the patience, faith, and vision to see past the “instant”…you will experience the “sudden”.