Isa.28:21 – Amp. – For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim…….that He may do His work, His strange work, and bring to pass His act, His strange act.
Often us Christians try to put the Lord in a box. Its much easier to deal with a predictable God who we can pretty much keep in total control, especially in our services. But what if the Lord breaks out in new ways that have never been seen before. That’s what happened on the day of Pentecost. Unprecedented acts of God broke out that day in Jerusalem of all places. The 120 followers of Jesus began to speak in unknown languages at the same time. For you religious scholars, I know SOME of the languages were understood by SOME PEOPLE; but all the languages were not understood. That’s why the disciples were accused of public drunkenness.
What if the Lord breaks out again in unprecedented supernatural displays of signs and wonders? Pharisees with preconceived religious ideas will be against it. Here is a quote from a book by Belden Lane describing Sarah Edwards being touched by revival.
“His wife Sarah similarly juxtaposed images of flowing water and dancing sunlight as she reflected on her own vivid religious experience of January 28, 1742. Her language shares in the same ambiguity one might find in a late twentieth-century physicist alternating between wave and particle images of light. Language, she knew, has to be twisted if it is to suggest a reality beyond normal human perception. This is how she recalled the experience:
‘There seemed to be a constant flowing and reflowing of heavenly and divine love, from Christ’s heart to mine; and I appeared to myself to float or swim, in these bright, sweet beams of the love of Christ, like the motes swimming in the beams of the sun, or the streams of light which come in at the window.’ Edwards and his wife found the reality of God’s presence most apparent at moments of sensory overload, when one perceives in this world a brief harmony of glimpses, sounds, tastes, scents, and tactile impressions.”
Of course many in the church world were against those strange works associated with the beginning of the Great Awakening. If we are too rigid, we too may find ourselves rejecting something different from anything we have experienced ourselves. How can we be sure when unusual things break out? Go with what Jesus said, check the fruit of the people involved. Fruit always tells the story.