When God Comes Suddenly

When God Comes Suddenly by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comI’ll be publishing the last post in the Dimensions of Destiny series on Friday, but for today, due to some things that are happening in my life right now, I wanted to talk to you about when God comes suddenly.

Have you ever noticed that God has a habit of showing up on the scene of your life in huge ways out of nowhere?

I have seen this time and time again … and often, God comes suddenly just after you’ve given up on a thing.

It was that way for me when I got married. Before I began dating my husband, I had been lonely for years. All I wanted was a husband. But I had finally decided that I was content to be single and didn’t need to get married. After years of waiting and wishing and hoping, the Lord has finally just brought me to a place where I was receiving my fulfillment from Him.

When that happened, my thoughts changed from “I must have a husband!” to “Meh. I’m happy the way I am, so why bother changing anything?”

Then, out of the blue, my now-husband asked me out. And exactly seven months (to the day!) from our first date, we were walking down the aisle. It’s been over nine years, and we’re as happy as can be. 🙂 Papa knew best, and He showed up, even though I didn’t expect Him.

God loves to come suddenly.

He came suddenly to the early church in Acts. Acts 2:1-4 records this event:

Start-quoteWhen the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

The early believers had been praying for fifty days for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I don’t believe they knew what the timetable was. They were simply obeying Jesus, who had commanded them to remain in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit was poured out.

Put yourself in their place and imagine what that must have felt like.

They had a promise from Jesus, and they had each other, but they didn’t know when the promise would be fulfilled. So all they could do was stay in unity and pray. And wait. And wait. And pray.

And then one day … BOOM! “Suddenly” happens. The Holy Spirit was poured out. Every believer was filled, and they began to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. People were radically transformed in one moment, and their lives were never again the same.

It happened suddenly after a long time of waiting. It happened without warning. SUDDENLY, God came.

Papa God has a habit of showing up suddenly, and He’s still doing it today.

You may have some dreams you’ve waited for a long time. You may have even given up on some things, or simply become content without your dreams. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’ve settled into a godly contentment where you receive your fulfillment from Jesus instead of from the thing for which you’ve been waiting.

But even if you’ve given up …

Even if you’ve become happy without that vision God gave you …

I felt led to tell you today to watch for God to come suddenly.

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You may have forgotten about your dream, but Papa hasn’t forgotten.

You may be happy the way you are, but Papa has more.

You may be content to keep doing things the way they’ve always been done, but maybe Papa has a new plan.

I don’t know what His new plan is. I don’t know what His dreams for you are. However, I do know that He loves to surprise you. He loves to do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever dare to ask, hope, or think (Ephesians 3:20). And He ALWAYS has something up His proverbial sleeve.

So watch. Pray. Ask Him what He’s up to, and ask Him for more than you’ve ever dreamed. Ask Him to surprise you, and watch Him do it.

You might receive more than you ever dreamed you could receive. Papa’s just a good Daddy like that.

Does this message encourage your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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40 Comments

  1. Ann Johnstone says:

    Thanks Jamie – that was mightily encouraging! And yes, it really spoke to my situation as it is right now – and has been for nearly 30 years. But I still believe that, one day, it will surely happen just as the Lord has promised.

    1. God does and will just show up out of no whete! I have seen it happen, so don’t give up as He will show up when you least expect! Edgar

    2. I loved this thanks so much. Jesus showed me his love today and called my name and now when I say my name I hear his voice calling back to me. I know it sounds silly but that was my suddenly today. Amen God Bless you

    3. Nell J Davenport says:

      Thank you so much minister Jamie so encouraging message 🙏🙏❤️

  2. Nonhlanhla says:

    Thanks for the message for today,it speaks to me directly and I’m going to wait expectedly for God to show up in my life in a Big way. When He comes upon my life I believe I will be filled with His awesome Spirit.

  3. God worked suddenly in my life today! I have not had a job since Sept 2013. I got a job with a lot of potential completely out of the blue. Praise His Holy Name!

    1. Hi Jamie,

      Great inspiration for the day. he has done it several times to me out of the blue. thanks i knew it was Him coming to my demise!

      Thanks for this! i believe he is still to do more!!

    2. Yes I’m also believing God for a job. I know He is going to surprise me and give me one at the right time. I’m so happy for you!?God is so awesome!

    3. Nell J Davenport says:

      Need prayers for my grown son’s and prison for protection and safety and Jesus name amen thank you 🙏🙏

  4. Carol Burton says:

    This has blessed and encouraged me today.
    After 40 years of ministry I am still waiting for his suddenly to fulfill prophetic words spoken over me.

  5. ivonneangel says:

    Thank you for the message, it speaks directly to my heart, knowing that my prayers for many years are not lost and God can still say something. The message encouraged me not to give up on my dreams knowing that God will show up when I least expect Him and He will do greater and mighty things for me and that moment my life will turn around for His goodness so His Holy Name will be glorified and exalted above all creation. All will happens in God’s time and I will tarry for God’s time.

  6. Thanks for those encouraging words. I’m still believing God is going to show up and show out in my life.

  7. Thanks so much for this. I receive it! It really spoke to my heart and it was right on time. Thanks for truly listening to God and being obedient.

  8. Jamie,

    Okay, this is bizarre. I had already started my work day, and got convicted because I hadn’t prioritized any Bible study, confessions or devotional reading first. So, I put on my “Schmoove” iTunes mix of music and decided to put the song “Suddenly” by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard on repeat. It’s just a pleasant, calming song for me, and it helps me relax while working. Reminds me of the simpler, good days of my childhood.

    “Suddenly…the wheels are in motion…and I’m ready to sail every ocean. Suddenly…I don’t need the answers…cuz’ I’m wiling to take all my chances with you.”

    Yeah, it’s a ballad, but I serenade Daddy with ballads all the time.

    I then clicked on your post and almost fell over. A post on our ‘Suddenly’ God? While I’m listening to the song “Suddenly” on repeat? Really?

    Thank you, Jamie. Thank You, Holy Ghost. Message received.

    ~Dee

    1. Hi, I just wanted to say that I very much know that song! A favorite from my childhood, and I have the Xanadu CD because of all the great songs on it, that one included. I love that you serenade Papa with love songs, because I do the same. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver is one of my favorite songs to sing to Him. 🙂
      I love how the “Suddenly” concept has been driven in for you today.

      And as always, thanks Jamie, for this post.

  9. I so love you Jamie! I believed that Papa God is talking to me thru you. This message is so for me! I claim it! I was passed on for a promotion, it was my dream position. I have given up! But somehow, deep inside me, still believing that God has a much bigger plan for me. I will continue to hang in here, He may just show up SUDDENLY!

  10. Niki rigg says:

    This is exactly what God put in my heart today as well! Thank you for blessing me!

  11. Rebecca Jones says:

    What a great post! I know He wants restoration in the body of Christ. Prayers are being answered. I am encouraged to see the comments about waiting a long time, if you are like me, you probably just missed it along the way, or the enemy got between you and your promise someway in spiritual warfare. Pray in the spirit, He will direct you. Ann, I’m praying for you and Carol today, 40 years of ministry is amazing.

    1. Ann Johnstone says:

      Thanks Rebecca – your prayers are much appreciated! God bless.

  12. Thanks for sharing! I will not give up on my dreams. I believe that GREATER is coming! I am waiting for the big SURPRISE that God has for me. God Bless!!

  13. Stacey S. says:

    Thank you for posting this. We are actually waiting on a few answers, but we will be content and trust him regardless..God Bless you!

  14. Hi Jamie! Wow. Now this is a message our Father truly wants me to hear! My home church is studying Acts right now. Yesterdays devotion was Acts 2: 2-24. Not a coincidence. I know this is Papa God at work. I will be praying and meditating on these words. I feel this message has been shown to me again within 24 hrs so that I may study it and fully understand it for my life and share it with others who also struggle with what feels like unanswered prayer. Thank you Jaime. God Bless you as you continue to do Gods work.

  15. Jamie,
    I thank God for using your life to became a tool to bless people and to be honest,,YOU ARE REALLY GOD’S VOICE…to His people,, the word “suddenly” was something that the Holy Spirit was laying in my heart,,i have always been inspired and encouraged by the life of Paul & Silas while they were praying and praising God, SUDDENLY there was a violent earthquake.
    I totally believe that God is preparing something HUGE for the body of Christ….we really have to be prepared for that GOD’S SUDDENLY.

  16. Monique Roy says:

    GOD is good all the time. HE comes suddenly because HE likes to show us HIS power. HE reminds us that HE is our Father and that if we need something we need to ask HIM for it. I am secure in this knowledge because there is no question of where the gift comes from. HE wants us to fully rely on HIM and rightly so. HE is my Dad.
    Jamie,
    Knowing all that I’ve written in this comment above, l sometimes forget these things. Thank you for the reminder. I sometimes need to be reminded daily.
    Monique Roy

    1. Amen. I pray Papa would bless you today, Monique, as you seek His face in all things. 🙂

  17. Jennifer MCDONALD says:

    This was an encouraging blog! Psalm

    119:49 Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.

    We have to be assured that God remembers his word.

    1. Paul Gwangwa says:

      Amen the Lord God of heaven is like that he does that to me many time and i am getting used to that, and I realize that he is teaching me that even though I want something i must learn to wait and trust that he will answer me. time and season belongs to him..

  18. Very encouraging! As always!

  19. That is a very good word and I am laughing as I read it. God does come suddenly and I believe He loves to surprise His kids. Expectation rising.

  20. Misty Swanson says:

    It has been over five years since you posted this blog. I opened Pinterest this morning, which I rarely do, and your blog was right there. Thank you so much for posting this so long ago. God knows exactly what we need when we need it! Have a blessed day!

  21. linda harrison says:

    Yes such blessing to know God loves to surprise us, surprise me dear Lord, thanks to the Heavenly Father, thanks Jamie, so encouraging.

  22. I have heard stories upon stories of how God showed up suddenly to help people. I’m tired of hearing stories, I want to see His suddenly way of showing up too in my life. I want to taste of His sudden manifestation too in my life. I am in a financial mess right now. If truly he is the God that shows up suddenly then let him show up for me within the next 9hours before I am embarrassed. Ma’am Jamie, you said He has showed up suddenly for you before, please help me tell him to do so for me too, maybe He can answer that prayer for me when you pray. Thanks

  23. I believing that God surprises me in a big way.

  24. Thank u so much, with this message have read and heard this morning I so much believed God will surprise me in my financial status and maritally settlement. Thanks!

  25. Thomas Swartz says:

    Hi Jamie
    Thanks for the encouraging and inspiration words,I receive and believe this word in Jesus name

  26. Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I’m still believing God is going to show up in my life and GREAT thing are coming my way.

  27. Buchi Nwakolamba says:

    I am certain he will come through for me on all levels

  28. Seyifunmi peters says:

    Hello Jamie,

    Thank you so much for this message it came in just in time for me.
    I am currently going through a turbulent time at work and it broke me down but I believe God will come through and suprise me.
    I am also ready and believing God for my husband to find me though I am in a relationship and it seems scary.

    I believe God will suprise me.
    Thank you once again for sharing.I value these words.

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