The God of Unexpected Joys Has a Voice
One of the definitions of the word “selah” in the psalms is to pause and calmly think of what has just been said. Let’s apply selah to these words: The God of Unexpected Joys. Now SELAH. Quietly pause with me and think of those words. The God of Unexpected Joys has a voice, and it’s not a stranger’s voice. It’s the voice of our Shepherd, of our Savior, of our Beloved in Song of Songs 2:8 and he wants to speak to us in the quiet recesses of our human spirit and reveal himself to us in this way.The God of Unexpected Joys has a voice, and it’s not a stranger’s voice. It’s the voice of our Shepherd. Click To Tweet
He’s the God of All Grace
He’s the God of Unexpected Joys because he’s the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10) and that makes him much more gracious than we realize. Much more. He’s called the Father of mercies in 2 Corinthians 1:3, and he’s much more merciful than we realize. He’s much more patient with our loved ones than we realize. He has much more for us than we realize. He is as for us as light exceeds darkness.
The God of unexpected joys is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:5) and we can think about these three tenses and realize how he was, is, and will be the God of Unexpected Joys in our past, in our present, and in our future.The God of unexpected joys is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:5) . Click To Tweet
God of Unexpected Joys in the Past
Was not the Incarnation an incredibly revelation of the God of Unexpected Joys in history past? What an unexpected surprise! God solved the mess of the human race by coming IN PERSON to redeem mankind. Oh Lord, may we never become familiar with “unto us a child is born” at Bethlehem or “unto us a Son is given” at the Cross of Calvary! He’s the God of divine reversals and we see them taking place on the pages of Bible history. He’s the one that took Joseph from a pit to a prison to a palace and raised him up as second in command of the greatest empire on the face of the earth at that time. He’s the one that took Moses and through a series of providential events used him to deliver an entire nation. He’s the one who took Ruth, a woman of an incestuous line and brought her into the lineage of the Messiah. Think of the God of Unexpected Joys at work in Esther’s life. Did she ever think when she went before the king he would extend his royal scepter to her? Did she ever think she would be a key person in Israel’s history? Did she ever think she would be instrumental in adding a feast day to Israel’s calendar? Did she ever factor in that our God would use her to deliver her people from near extinction?
God of Unexpected Joys of the Present
The God of Unexpected Joys of the present is the one who has put a new heart and a new spirit within us, has healed us and delivered us from our own destructions, has brought about incredible divine reversals in our personal lives, has restored our friendships, has given us all things freely to enjoy, has led us to a local assembly with a pastor teacher that has a heart after God, has planted us in a Body of believers where we experience godly friendships and visionary fellowship, and all this not just locally but worldwide.
God of Unexpected Joys of the Future
Just as He is the God of Unexpected Joys of the past and present, he will be faithful to be so in the future. He has revealed to us through his precious Word many things yet to come. He is the One who will bring to us the Great Surprise, the Rapture of the Church. Oh fallen evil world, oh pernicious Devil, oh haunting flesh, you cannot find me! You cannot find me because I’ve been “caught up to meet him.” I’ve been snatched away by the God of Unexpected Joys. He is the One who will swallow up death in victory. This is our God.
He is the one who will usher us into his millennial kingdom, the restoration of the earth to its pristine glory that will make the Land of Oz look like the fairy tale that it is. It will be a time when the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. It will be a time characterized by the health and longevity of the human race and of an abundance of peace and prosperity. All brought to us by the God of Unexpected Joys.
He is the One who will bring us safely home not only to our long-prepared mansion but to an eternal city, the New Jerusalem, coming down like a bride out of heaven. He is the One that will wipe away every tear from our eyes. He is the One who will eliminate death, pain, sorrow, and disease forever!
There is nobody like Him. Nobody. This is our God. There is no other God alongside him. He is Our Rewarder, Our Deliverer, Our Giving God who gives the increase. He is the one that has made many promises to us that are backed by his faithfulness. He will be faithful to us even unto death.He is the one that has made many promises to us that are backed by his faithfulness. Click To Tweet
The God of Unexpected Joys Now
Now is always the time to factor the God of Unexpected Joys into the formula of our lives. He’s the one that makes the crooked things straight (Isaiah 40:4), who gives a song in the night seasons of our lives, and who gives us treasures in darkness (Isaiah 45:3). He is the one who is tapping his toe waiting to be gracious to us in Is 30:18. He is the one who comforts our waste places by rooting out all those weedy, vain thoughts in the unconscious and subconscious mind and then plants a garden of redemptive thoughts in their place.
The God of Unexpected Joys is the same God that is the lifter of our head and the light of our countenance. Only he can put a spring in our step and a song in our heart. He is the God that quickens us with his HESED, his loving kindness. He is the King of Kindness. He sets us apart with his choicest mercies. It’s the God of Unexpected Joys that we learn to brag on in the atmospheric world because he has given us beauty for ashes, a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. Let’s stir ourselves up to take hold of him as he whispers to our hearts: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God [The God of Unexpected Joys] has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9) and for those who WAIT for him (Isaiah 64:4). May the God of Unexpected Joys be with your spirit.