Standing In The Times Of “Suddenlies”—Proverbs 2:21-26.

Posted on January 27, 2023

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Standing In The Times Of “Suddenlies”—Proverbs 2:21-26.

As we continue our discourse on the practice of prayers, we understand that the ultimate end is relationship with our Heavenly Father, the One whose actions are described in Psalm 65:5 (AMPC):

By fearful and glorious things [that terrify the wicked but make the godly sing praises] do You answer us in righteousness (rightness and justice), O God of our salvation, You Who are the confidence and hope of all the ends of the earth and of those far off on the seas.

This true story is told of a child of God in Canada who had saved a substantial sum of money towards the family setting up a business that God had directed the setting up of. An appointment had been set up with the bank on the 6th of January 2023 to finalise the next steps in the disbursement of the money. Reaching the bank armed with a copy of the statement he had printed on the 5th, which fortuitously the bank representative had also printed holding on file, then came the shocker. When the bank representative turned on her system, two thirds of the money in the account had been withdrawn overnight! Where did such a large amount of money go overnight? The brother went into shock!

Over the three hours or so that followed, the bank saw that a cheque had been issued, a copy of which was retrieved from the bank system. Although the cheque bore the name of the brother, the signature had no resemblance to what was in the bank’s records. The whole branch went into action with Fraud Alert, and discovered that the money was deposited in another branch of the same bank. Before the end of the day all the money taken was returned to the brother’s account. The Branch Manager remarked that it could only be God that occasioned the brother to come in on that Friday that if more time had lapsed between the time of withdrawal and the showing up of this brother it would have been another story!

A number of questions arose, who orchestrated the presence of the brother in that bank within 24 hours of the fraud? How many battles has God fought on our behalf that we are not even aware of? Our theme text for today, following on Psalm 65:1 speaks to what our disposition should be when faced with sudden ruinous attacks—

  • Psalm 65:1,2a (MSG)Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God, And also obedience. You hear the prayer in it all.
  • Proverbs 3:21-25 (AMPC)My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion (purpose), And they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self). Then you will walk in your way securely and in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot or stumble. When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless], For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger]

When we stand in right relationship with God, silence in praise and obedience characterize our reaction in moments of sudden calamities because of the assurance that the Lord is our confidence, firm and strong, and will keep our feet from being taken. Acts 16:25-29 (AMPC) further corroborates that praise and prayers in the face of challenges triggers God’s intervention on behalf of His obedient children.

But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened. When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, Do not harm yourself, for we are all here! Then [the jailer] called for lights and rushed in, and trembling and terrified he fell down before Paul and Silas. Acts 16:25-29 (AMPC)

Finally, corporate prayers trigger God’s intervention in the face of looming tragedy as was the case when Peter was scheduled for death row. Acts 12:2-12 (AMPC) demonstrated the effectiveness of corporate prayer. These things we raise to prompt us on the manner of response to “suddenlies” that will surely come our way. Shalom.

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