Markinch, Fife, Scotland.

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing…

Ezra 1:1 (NASB)

Have you been taken by surprise lately by something that you would have never expected? As I write this two occasions come to my mind; my first is a day in June some years ago when the heavens opened and released a snow storm while I walked Cowdenbeath High Street, in Central Fife. My second example is when I bumped into an old friend at the supermarket, who I knew from his mischievious past, to put it politely. He was a changed man in Christ, praise God!

As I read the above verse in my devotions I stopped to ponder the unexpected in the story of Cyrus, King of Persia. I suspect if someone had asked the Israelites who would rescue them they would have named some names, but not Cyrus the king who held them captive. In the prophecies of Jeremiah God had said He would rescue Israel, and He began doing it with Cyrus. His rescue of Israel was an orderly affair, there was nothing random about it so that His Word would be fulfilled to the letter. God “stirred up the spirit” of the most unlikely servant to complete His work, and he obeyed. Cyrus didn’t shirk his calling or hide it in a dark corner, “he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing…” – it was out there for all to see!

Dear reader, in your walk with God expect to be surprised – there is nothing that our Father God cannot do. Such startling incidents are some of the most beautiful proofs of His ability to work wonders, even in the twenty-first century. Expect the unexpected, and praise Almighty God in it!

14 thoughts on “Expect The Unexpected!

  1. What an amazing blog, Alan, and SO true. He can always surprise us. I pray that God will “stir up the spirit” of every member of the Taliban, inspiring them to embrace peace, mercy, equality and love for all, instead of judgement, hatred, and violence xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Ruth. Yes! If He can “stir up the spirit” of Kings, He certainly can do the same for the Taliban! Why ask for His crumbs when He invites us to a banquet?

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  2. A-MEN thank you for the reminder. Surprised by God what joy.. Sometimes major most times minor but always ministering to the soul. Even the sheer beauty of the colour in a flower or hearing a bird’s call heralding a new day.

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  3. Good point I would not have guessed some people that GOd has saved; which shows His power to save. Good observation of how God used Cyrus; excellent devotional thoughts you shared with us Alan!

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