Ps Bob Scroggins
October 07, 2020
Most of us are used to waiting for something to happen. Children however don't find it so easy. I can remember travelling with our children in the car. It wouldn't be long before I would hear a voice from the back... "Are we there yet?" When an exciting event is coming up children often will start counting the days until their birthday or Christmas in anticipation of the event. Children find it hard to wait for something to happen. As adults, on the other hand, we can find it hard when suddenly something is happening!
I've been reflecting on the Story of Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. Five were described as wise and the other five as foolish. The virgins were described as foolish because they were not ready for the quick return of the bridegroom. They knew the bridegroom was coming but because he took a long time to arrive, they were not ready. The five virgins who were wise realised the bridegroom could come at any time and they prepared themselves. This story is a parable about what it will be like when the Kingdom of Heaven comes to earth. There will be a long wait, then suddenly it's here!
A word we need to get back into our vocabulary as followers of Jesus is "suddenly". Grace Church comes from a Pentecostal tradition. We trace our spiritual roots back to William Seymour and the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles in 1906. This next move of God will not be limited to one street such as Azusa nor a couple of cities such Toronto or Brownsville. The coming move of God, although we have been waiting a long time, will come quickly. It will be an outpouring that will take place in multiple locations. It will not be man lead but God lead. It will seem like little or nothing is happening and then suddenly God comes. It will be much like the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts 2:1-4....
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."
We understand the value of waiting. In the past we used the term "tarrying" as the experience of waiting on God for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. While we still know an experience of waiting on God, we, like the five wise virgins are ready for the Kingdom of Heaven to come to earth. We are going to suddenly experience a move of God! We must quicken our pace to move with God in our day. Isaiah 48:2-3 speaks of this idea of the 'suddenly'...
"You who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel — the Lord Almighty is
His name: I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass."
Are you believing the Lord for the 'suddenly' in your life? Have you been waiting on the Lord a long time for an answer to prayer? Know that God comes suddenly... sometimes when we least expect it.
"When you least expect it ... expect it!"
Let's adapt our vocabulary to include the word suddenly. God is at work in our nation, city, families, and personally. He moves quickly. As sons and daughters let's quicken our pace to keep step with Him. What we have believed God for is about to suddenly burst forth. Like in the story of the Ten Virgins let's be aware that the bridegroom can show up at any time. Let's be like the wise virgins and not miss out on what God is doing at this time!