I have found that we often feel comfortable with process, with things taking time. Lately, there have been some situations that I have just settled would be a process-especially since I did not see the answer unfolding right away. Then the Spirit of God began to challenge me with the following opposing thought, “God made the heavens and the earth in six days, so I can get you where you need to be in a moment.” Okay, that concept is definitely found in scripture, yet there have been some promises that God has been telling me are about to unfold in my life soon that have left me wondering if what God has been saying could-or should-happen that quickly. Questions surfaced within my heart such as, “will I be ready for that?”, and “don’t I need more preparation?” The problem has not been with me doubting what God is saying. The supernatural faith needed to walk into His promises has been abundant in not only my heart, but my husband’s. The issue that I have been pondering the timing.
Certainly, we see not only in the Word of God, but in God’s workings in our lives today that there are times where God does work through a process, through the waiting. But what I would love for us to focus on today is when God works suddenly. When having one encounter with the living God is enough to change our lives and the course of history. This morning as I was spending time with the Father and we were discussing this subject, I asked for some scripture references where this was the case. Immediately, from my spirit came a torrent of scriptures, stories, and people, all pointing to God working this way. Let’s look at a few:
In Exodus 3 (read the entire chapter for context) we read about Moses faithfully tending his father-in-law’s flocks on the back side of the desert. Suddenly, a flame catches his eye. The stinking bush is on fire, yet not consumed (Exodus 3:2). What a trip! Yet this was the very way that God chose to get Moses’ attention to begin a conversation that would not only change his life, but the course of history forever. God calls Moses to go to Egypt and ask for God’s people to be released. As we know, Moses follows the commands of the Lord, and God’s chosen people are set free. While the events following the encounter that Moses had with God did take time, everything changed for Moses in a moment. He left the sheep and headed straight for Egypt where he would demand that Pharaoh let God’s people go.
Isaiah 6:1-6 records Isaiah being taken into the presence of God. His ears hear what they could not previously, his eyes (the eyes of his spirit) saw what was once concealed, and he received a commission from the Lord of Hosts to be a prophet to the nations. Because of what Isaiah saw and heard, he was never the same. The nation of Israel was never the same because of this moment either. The course of Isaiah’s life and calling were defined by the One who had called him before the foundations of the earth.
In Jeremiah chapter 1 we see God calling another prophet to minister to His people who had gone into captivity because of their sin. The word of the Lord brought the encounter to Jeremiah that would alter not only his life, but the lives of millions. In verses 4-8, God speaks to Jeremiah about his purpose and destiny. Then in verse 9, Jeremiah is touched by the Living God. After God touches anything, it is never the same! Whatever He touches takes on His image, His likeness. This is why we must have the touch of God upon our lives!
The last example that the Lord gave me this morning (this is definitely not an exhaustive list and I encourage you to study more on this subject) was of Saul of Tarsus. In Acts 9, we read the account of his radical conversion. While Jeremiah was touched by God, Moses saw the sign of God’s movement in the fire, then heard his voice, Isaiah was transferred to the throne of God, Saul encountered Jesus as a bright light, then heard His voice. What he experienced knocked him to the ground (so much for God coming gently all the time!). Saul’s flesh could not handle the glory of God! He had to fall. He had to bow. In this one encounter with Jesus, everything changed. Acts 10:10-19 recalls how Ananias, being sensitive to the work of the Lord in (now) Paul’s life, takes him, baptizes him and ministers to him. In verse 20, God says that immediately Paul begins to preach Jesus in the synagogues. Paul’s life was brought into alignment with what heaven had always declared over him because of one encounter.
What are you facing today? Is there a situation or something that you have been asking God for-either for yourself or on behalf of someone else? Be encouraged that Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to move in the suddenly, in a moment.
While we need to be surrendered to how God wants to work, we also need to be open to Him working in our lives as we have studied today. May our faith arise to see Jesus come as He wants to come and move as He wants to move. Jesus is so powerful that our lives can be completely altered with just one touch, one word, one encounter with Him!