Surprised! Part 2 -- By Suresh Manoharan

When the Foreigners "roll out the red carpet" (figuratively, that is)...

In the previous part of this two-part New Years' series, my readers would have observed how we mortals can "surprise" even the God of surprises for negative reasons. In the concluding part of this series, let's look at how we can surprise our God of surprises for "positive reasons"...Let the Scripture take over...

"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, 'Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.'" (Matt 8:5-10 KJV)

Amazing isn't it? The faith of a foreign Roman Centurion took even the God of surprises by surprise. 2000 years later, the unchanging Jesus (Heb 13:8) is ever so willing to unleash His power to help us in our times of need (Psalm 50:15), the question is are we willing to let Him to do it in style, the way the Roman centurion did.

At the beginning of this New Year, how about making the motto of that great Servant of God, William Carey (in his honor, the Indian Government released a stamp in 1993, while the British authorities of his day treated him as "an unnecessary pest"), our own all in the spirit exemplified by that Roman Centurion:

Attempt great things for God

Expect great things from God

No wonder the good Lord entrusted William Carey with the onerous yet stimulating task of translating the English Bible into so many vernacular languages of our Country (read India).

Surprising people around...

When a devout believer can "surprise" the Almighty Himself, he is bound to surprise the people around him too. Consider this Scripture...

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13 KJV)

What a matter of justifiable pride and joy, it would be (personally) if people marvel at our bold stand for the Lord even while acknowledging that the "power" (it can be in areas such as patience and perseverance too) they see in us is wholly on account of our association with the Saviour!!!

So even as 2013 awaits us with its quota of surprises, let us resolve to "surprise" people around us with our God-dependence traits, and how about surprising even our God of surprises by attempting for His glory those tasks which can be accomplished by His Divine power alone!!! Lord speak one word...nay...just think one thought and my problems would disappear...Amen.

Suresh Manoharan
J and SM Ministrie

(To access the entire "Surprised!" mini-series, please click here.)