“...For I will hasten my word to perform it.”
The word hastened in the English Bible could also be interpreted watching. We could say that God said, “I am watchful over my word.” The word watch is also associated with an event of early spring in the land of Israel. The most forward tree in the spring of the year because of its quick early start to bud out and blossom is the almond tree. God says I am like that. My word desires to fulfill itself early. It pushes forward like a bud anticipating the warmth of spring. That picture holds within it a real promise. Can you envision God as one who wants and anticipates the fulfilling of His word in you? God’s anticipation in you causes “I didn’t see that coming” events in your life. Things that maybe you were not aware of, but God was already there in His heart anticipating, wanting, and desiring His release of love, grace, and favour.
This kind of unexpected event happened in the book of Acts. In chapter 12 Harod takes and incarcerates Peter. The whole church experienced a shock wave as their leader was imprisoned and the threat of beheading hung over Peter’s life. They were very much in prayer over the situation. They wanted change and they dearly needed change. Where would they go? What would they do if Peter was taken? When Peter arrived at their door miraculously set free, they were still praying. They were doing the right thing, but somehow in their despair they did not know that their prayers were already answered. Their praying had caused the chains to be loosed, doors to open, and Peter standing at their door. Yet they did not get it. Somehow they were off course with their expectancy. They did not embrace the now manifestation of God’s “it’s on the way” had arrived.
Now just in case we feel superior to these early Christians, we need to closely examine our lives. Are we in full expectation of what God is about to do? God is bigger than our biggest problem. We do not want to leave God’s answer standing at the door wondering why we have not opened the door. It is a magnificent dream: chains fall off, angels lead you out, the big iron gate opens, and you still think you are in a vision until you come to yourself and realize it was God’s will. His blessing and His favour has brought you out of anything that has tried to imprison you. Rid your thoughts of, “It’s a dead end”, “I’ve never heard that kind of thing”, “those kinds of things don’t happen to me” To all of that, I say your answer is at the door. My question is, “Are you going to open it?” It is a new year. We have the same God. He never changes and He is the God of open doors. Let’s open our hearts to what He has for us.