God specialises in …
Acts 16:26 “Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
- We are people of the suddenly.
Matthew 28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.
Today everything may look like there will be no change. There is nothing you can do but worship. But you know God specialises in the suddenly moment. He has plans!
- We are people who believe in the violent earthquake.
There is only one other place where a violent earthquake is mentioned. Clearly Luke wants us to focus on that. Matthew 28:2 “There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.”
Today everything may look finished and over. Huge hindrances may be preventing you moving forward or people coming to you, impossibilities the size of huge boulders may have sealed your fate. But you know God specialises in violent earthquakes of circumstances!
- We are people who believe in the shaking that only God can bring.
At the cross as Jesus breathed his last, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” Matthew 27:51
Today everything may be painful, your heart may be broken and you may feel you are a solitary figure on your journey. But God specialises in shaking even nature itself to break in two with you, to demonstrate you are not alone.
- We are people who believe in prison doors flying open.
At the trial of Jesus, “Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.” Matthew 27:15
Today everything may be dark and you may be hurting because it is your own fault. But God specialises in releasing those who should not be released, He came to earth to do that for you.
- We are people who believe in chains breaking.
One of the hymns sung at the Passion was that of Psalm 116, “Truly I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains.”
Today everything may be tangled, your circumstance intense and you cannot move from it. But God specialises in freeing those chains so that you can walk again.
This Holy Week thank God for His specialities! Some days that is all we have left and that is all that we need!