God's sudden surprises

Vaclav's picture

I was reading 2 Chronicles 28-29. Very sad at times to read about the kings of Judah and Israel. Sometimes a good king/father is not a guarantee for a good/God fearing son. But sometimes bad king will have a good son.

Like here in this passage, Ahaz did evil in burning his sons as an offering to idols. God chastised him in letting king of Syria to defeat him. So, Ahaz became distressed, angry and spiteful against the LORD, and setting up idols all over Jerusalem he provoked the LORD to anger against himself and the people.

Ahaz dies, and in his place comes his son Hezekiah, and does what is pleasing to the LORD. He cleanses the temple of idolatrous filth and restores the Temple worship. God is pleased with Hezekiah and blesses his people again.

And the last verse, "And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had prepared for the people, for the thing came about suddenly".

It must have seemed like a very long night for the people of Judah to be ruled by Ahaz for 16 years, in all the idolatry, lack of protection, provision and of lack of joy in the LORD their God.

But, what do you know? God, many times surprises us with his grace "suddenly", almost out of nowhere. Could it be, because we repent/turn back to the Lord's calling us, restore our trust in him, and put the Lord in the first place in our hearts?

To me, it looks like a beginning of the revival -

"Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" (Psalm 85:6)

"give us life [revive us], and we will call upon your name! (Psalm 80:18b)


The quote from Psalm 80

The quote from Psalm 80 seems to infer a sovrieghn work of Gods grace. Would you say that it supports the reformed doctrine of election, and total depravity?

Do we recognize our own need of God?

Vaclav's picture

Psalm 80 doesn't support election and total depravity, but it shows us that if God doesn't give us life, or revives us, we can't even call on God, or seek him in the way God would have us. First, God helps us to see/feel our own need of him, through whatever trial or circumstance. And in that way he brings us to call on him, give us life, that we may seek him rightly.