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The rapture, when believers are caught up into the air to be with Christ, will happen suddenly as the Bible says and although anticipated by Christians no one knows just when this will occur (Mt 24:36,44; 1 Cor 15:52; 1 Thes 5:2,4). However as we may die before the rapture, constantly endeavour to be right with God as our life can be taken in an instant with no time to make amends, like birds being caught in a snare (Eccl 9:12).

The unexpected and abnormal grabs our attention. Sometimes God dramatically breaks through into our world in unusual ways. Moses received his life mission when God attracted his full attention with a burning bush that was not consumed, and the extra-ordinary phenomena on the day of Pentecost brought about the birth of the church

 God ‘moves in mysterious ways’                           – never be surprised

(Ex 3:1-3; Act 2:1-11). Mary was afraid when the angel of the Lord unexpectedly appeared to her. However, when told about God’s plan of salvation she responded, “May it be to me as you have said”, and so she became the mother of Jesus (Lk 1:26-38). Later, her recommendation to others was, “Whatsoever He says unto you, do it” (Jn 2:5). If we believe God is speaking to us, whether in spectacular ways or not, remember whatever is of divine origin will never contradict the principles of Scripture. If in doubt as to the source or validity of any such ‘word’ check it out with other mature believers.  Have a heart open to God, listening ears for His voice and a willingness to obey any genuine message from God (1 Sam 3:9; Jn 10:27; Jas 1:22,25).

It is important to have an ever deepening relationship with Christ so that, regardless of the unexpected events that life brings, your faith holds firm, confident that nothing can separate you from His love (Rom 8:38,39). While we should plan for the future, sometimes the unexpected dictates we take a different course and we need resilience to cope. Go to Him for ‘hidden resources’ (Col 2:3).

See also: anticipation, rapture, sovereignty of God, surprise.

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