We often see a work of God as striking fast as lightning, but the reality is that He was putting everything in place years in advance.
God had been building Hezekiah up over his twenty-five years to be a leader strong enough to turn his people back toward God. Although his father was one of the most evil kings to lead Judah, even sacrificing his own sons to pagan gods, Hezekiah somehow grew up to fear and serve Yahweh.
We celebrated the birth of our first grandchild this week, and while the birth occurred quickly, this child has been formed by God over the past nine months!
I’m celebrating now the release of my third book —two weeks earlier than anticipated! It seems to have happened so quickly, yet God has been developing this story for well over ten years and only brought me into the story as scribe over the past two years.
When Jesus returns, the Bible tells us it will be suddenly, in the blink of an eye, yet God is working every moment of every day to draw in all those who will enter the ark of salvation. And like the flood which came quickly and destroyed all living things, God’s judgment on the earth will come suddenly, but not without any warning signs.
In fact, the signs are abundant. Consider just a few of the flashing warnings fulfilled in our day:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
Acts 2:17 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.””
God is always at work, though we may not recognize it. Isaiah 43:19 tells us, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”