Full of surprises
Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence! As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would make the nations tremble. Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame! When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! Isaiah 64:1-3 NLT
Isaiah recalled the times when God unexpectedly came and allowed His presence to be felt in grandiose ways. “When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations” (Isaiah 64:3). God acts in ways that highlighted His character and nature. His actions are fulfillment of what was spoken in His Word. And His comings are always a breakthrough. When the Israelites were moving out of Egypt chased by the Egyptian army and was cornered at the Red Sea, God opened the sea and no one expected that. When Jesus our Savior was born in a feeding trough for the animals, nobody was expecting that. When He was condemned to die at the cross for the crime that Pilate and other Roman authorities found Him not guilty of that was unexpected. Then after His death, He rose again to life forgave those that condemned Him and offered life to those who will trust Him, no one expected that. God is full of surprises and we know that one day He will do something that is unexpected. The mere fact that He saved us from sin despite our rebellion towards Him came to a surprise. This is what Paul recounted when He experienced God’s salvation that He did not deserve. “‘...even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me...Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus... ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all’” (1 Timothy 1:13-15). In these desperate times, we pray to God that He intervenes just like what He did in the past. We know that God will one day come in an unambiguous way where He “would burst from the heavens and come down! How the mountains would quake in your presence!” (Isaiah 64:1).