SurpriseI consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Philippians 3:8


In church a couple of weeks ago, a member got up to read the day’s Scripture passages. “But whatever were gains to me,” he began, “I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surprising worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 4:7-8a).  He didn’t catch his own error, but I thought perhaps the word he used—surprising—fit just as well in the passage as the one written—surpassing. I believe it’s good for us to be surprised by Christ’s worth sometimes.


Webster defines the word surprise as “an unexpected event, piece of information…gift, party…; the feeling caused by something that is unexpected….” The apostle Paul could easily have told the Philippians that Christ was a big surprise in his life. Before he happened down the road to Damascus, Paul firmly believed it was his duty to find Jesus’ followers and murder them all. So it really was a surprise to Paul (not to mention those who knew him before Christ) that he did a one-eighty and became one of the most prolific and impassioned orators for the Son of God.


I cannot count the times God has surprised me. When I was a non-believer, several painful events came together to cause me to lay my life at the feet of Jesus. That surprise started my entire faith walk! Then, the Lord surprised me by demonstrating the power of intercessory prayer (my own and that of others), over and over. When loved ones were sick, jobs were lost, hope seemed distant, and life as I knew it pretty much fell apart, God was there to provide healing and hope. Answers presented themselves where only confusion had held sway. Sometimes, I could clearly see Christ was “helping me help myself.” At other times, His solution seemed to drop out of heaven itself.


This week, let’s challenge ourselves to see the wonder in what God is doing in our lives. If we watch carefully, we are sure to see Him working behind the scenes and even out in the open. See if you can catch God surprising you!


God of Wonder, surprise us each day as we look for You in everything and everyone around us. Amen

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