As Passover approaches, I have been reflecting on the theme of deliverance and freedom.  The series we have been preaching has encouraged us once again that this is a season to expect G-d to intervene. 

I am reading in the book of Acts this month and today I read this verse, “SUDDENLY an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Acts 12.7 

I wrote down in my journal.  Deliverance happens suddenly. I thought of what it must have been like for the children of Israel. One moment they were slaves and the next moment they were free.  I began to meditate on all the people in the Bible who received divine help and intervention.  I realized that for all of them it was a “SUDDENLY.”  Avraham and Sarah were barren for over 25 years, and suddenly they had a son. The Shunnamite’s son died, but suddenly he was alive. The Assyrian army surrounded Jerusalem ready to attack, and suddenly they left. The man was blind but suddenly he saw.  The woman with the issue of blood had been bleeding for years, but suddenly she was healed.  

In each situation the person or persons were waiting for something to change in their lives.  They longed for relief and deliverance.  The time each waited varied, but all had in common the fact that the situation was beyond them and their abilities and they needed someone to help.  G-d was that someone.  In each circumstance He stepped into their lives and in a moment they were forever changed as He released transformation and freedom.  A SUDDENLY took place.

I don’t know the exact details of the situation you find yourself in, but I am here to tell you that G-d still moves in SUDDENLIES.  No matter how long you have waited, no matter how deep the pain, no matter how overwhelmed you have been, Adonai is ready to step into your life to bring change and deliverance.  SUDDENLY you will be free!  Life will forever change because He intervened.  Be encouraged today and expect a SUDDENLY to occur in your life.


Rabbi Carol Calise

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