And Suddenly

The word “suddenly” has been jumping out at me this week. There are 45 instances of the word in the NIV version of the Bible.

Sometimes we get weary of doing well, or ask, “when, God, when?”

Numbers 16:42
But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the Tent of Meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared.

Matthew 28:9
Suddenly Jesus met them.

Mark 9:8
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

Luke 2:13
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

Luke 24:4
…suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

Acts 1:10
…suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

Acts 2:2
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Acts 9:3
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Acts 10:30
Cornelius answered: “Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me

Acts 12:7
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.

Regardless of how long it has been since the dream, the prophecy, the hope, the promise, or the desire originated – live with expectation…

Because circumstances can be completely and irrevocably changed. Suddenly.