Surprised by God

By Pr Ay Nee Ng

Throughout this camp, we have been hearing about why we are different and getting called to be trained in godliness, which will bear fruit when we walk in step and in line with our Lord Jesus Christ. There must be a reason for being different.

To share the true gospel of hope and salvation, we need to learn and understand that our loving God has higher standards of living for each of His children. In this understanding, we are to neither limit nor box God in, but to allow Him the liberty of working in our lives. As we completely hand over the reins of our lives to our Lord Jesus Christ, we will have lots more understanding of His wonderful surprises for His promises are real and amen  (so be it), and they will come to pass.

My final message is that God surprises us lovingly! Surprises can come in many shapes and forms.  Some surprises bring great cheer and happiness, especially birthdays, anniversaries, or any festive season surprises, but others can bring sadness or grief such as the news of any sudden death of a relative or friend or something missing or broken in. But God’s surprises are always good. When we least expect it or are about to give up hope, there it is: a miracle happens. And what is a miracle but a supernatural or natural event that happens at a precise moment to bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

“The Church that surprised an entire community,” a testimony taken from Men’s Manual Vol II–Financial Freedom by Jim Sammons

When a pastor and his wife came to serve a newly-formed congregation, they learned that a building committee had been formed, and the congregation had vowed to borrow $650,000 to build their first building. The pastor encouraged the people to trust God to provide a church building without borrowing. The people cautiously agreed to follow his plan. On a given day, they totalled the amount that each family could give in cash. The total was announced. It was only $21,000! The people were discouraged; however, the pastor assured them, “God has tested our faith, now He will test our obedience.”

A few weeks later, a visitor approached the pastor and asked, “Could you use a church?”

The visitor explained, “I bought some land and it has a very good church on it. If you can move it, you can have it free.” The cost of moving the church was $21,000! Not only was the congregation given a church building, but the entire community was given a powerful message of a miracle working God!

God’s desire is to supply and provide through unexpected sources, which gives meaning to His instruction in Luke 6:33-35. “And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

This is what we call living differently. The world will see us and think: “What is the point of charity or helping the down and out as if there is no repayment or reward from people?” But God sees otherwise. God wants our focus to remain on Him for all our needs. Guess what? For this reason, He will often provide what we need through totally unexpected sources. We will definitely be surprised by He who brings along in our hour of need!

Sometimes, we feel we have been short-changed, thinking that He provided less than what we asked. We need then to re- examine our needs and our lives. Do we walk by how we feel and what we see or by faith, knowing that when we ask, we are in the will of God?

The testimony of George Mueller encourages us that as we live different and set apart for God, we will enjoy the many lovely surprises of God! Excerpt from Men’s Manual Vol II–Financial Freedom by Jim Sammons

George Mueller founded many orphanages in England during the 1800s. His underlying purpose was to demonstrate to Christians how God could provide funds in direct answer to prayer. He received millions of dollars in this way.

George Mueller’s Methods for Determining the Will of God

  1. I seek to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in a given matter. When you’re ready to do to the Lord’s will, whatever it may be, nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome.

2. Having done this, I don’t leave the results to feeling or simply impression. If I do so, I leave myself liable to great delusion.

3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, God’s Word. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Spirit guides us, He’ll do it according to the Scriptures, not contrary to them.

4. Next, I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.

5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me.

6. Thus, through prayer, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment, according to the best of my ability and knowledge.

If my mind is thus at peace, and continues after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. I have found this method always effective in trivial or important issues.

Let us pray.

Lord, we need Your revelation to bring fresh new insights to Your Word and Your way of Life that we may live differently to glorify You. May we have Godly thoughts and may our actions and behaviour stem out of the outflow of who we are in Christ Jesus.

Lord, we need to lay before you all our faults, our wrong doings, our bad mouthing and our inadequate behaviour that brings out our anger and frustrations. All these wrong things need to stop, Lord, and we need You to help us start putting on Godly thoughts and a Godly behaviour. Lord, we need help and assistance to guard our thoughts and to check our emotions, so that out of the abundance of our heart, our mouth may speak words of wisdom, goodness, gentleness, and kindness.

Thank you, Lord, for being my Lord and Saviour. Once again I entrust my life into Your hands to lead me in the fulfilment of my life in Christ Jesus. Nothing can rob Your plans for my life. I love You Lord. I pray and ask this in Jesus Christ name, giving thanks to my Lord. Amen.