It seems to me that life is basically made up of the unexpected moments. Don’t you agree?
You can be walking with God and doing your best to serve Him in all that you do, but life acts like it doesn’t care and comes along to plop something into your lap that you weren’t expecting.
It may be a job change, a church split, a family dispute or a death. Whatever it is, it can knock you off balance for a bit.
My daddy tells of a time when he was out hunting with some old friends and one of their dogs quit running a deer and started baying at a wild hog. Daddy called him and called him, but the dog was not about to leave that hog. So dad went after him and found him at the edge of a thicket that was too mangled with briars and vines for him to get through. He could see the bushes moving and knew the hog was there, but he couldn’t see him. About the time he bent down to look under some bushes, he heard a gunshot from the other side. He called out and let the other hunter know that he was there and he heard a man call out, “Look out! Here he comes!” Dad says he looked up and was face to face with the tusks of that hog and when dad tried to move, he got caught in the underbrush and fell backward. The hog came charging at him and dad raised his gun and had just enough time to fire off a shot before it ran off.
Wild hogs are dangerous and their tusks are like razors. Had Dad not had the presence of mind to lift his gun and shoot, that old hog could have done him some real damage. It all happened so quickly that there wasn’t time to think, but to act. Dad was a seasoned hunter and even though the situation was unexpected, his swift actions thwarted danger.
I suppose you could be saved and never read the Bible and live passively as a Christian but I sure would like to be prepared when something unexpected comes along in my life. Reading the Bible and listening to preaching is where we will be taught and trained on how to behave in life’s quandaries.
Sure, God knows what is coming and nothing in the Christian’s life is by coincidence, but if we are to behave and respond correctly, we need to know what God has said about it. That knowledge will help us act in faith.
Over in 2 Kings 19 King Hezekiah wasn’t expecting to be told he was going to die. I’m sure it knocked him for a loop, but he acted in the right way. He prayed and he cried out to God. And God heard him.
When the unexpected comes along in our life, we should know and immediately turn our hearts and minds towards God and cry out to Him. Then we should base our actions on Scriptural teachings about how to behave.
If we are girding ourselves with the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6) then we will KNOW our minds and hearts are protected. We will be holding the Sword and ready to wield it if in battle. That alone KEEPS us prepared, even for the unexpected.
The devil doesn’t tell you he is coming, and he doesn’t sound an alarm before he shoots. You and I have got to be prepared and ready.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians 6:16
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12
After you have a sudden trial and the dust has settled, hopefully we can claim the following verse:
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” 1 Peter 1:7
We always want to glorify Christ, no matter what. It’s why we labor and continue! So that we are accepted (2 Cor. 5:9) here and one day in His presence.
So, if you are in the middle of something unexpected, take a breath. Think on what you know to be true in His Word.
- He won’t leave you (Hebrews 13:5)
- He will help you (Hebrews 2:18)
- He is greater than your enemy (I John 4:4)
Get up, get your armor on and be prepared. Dwell in Him.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 13 / II kings 22-23 / Psalm 69 / Mark 3