Expectant Living (part 3)

Continued from here.

Christians are called to live expectantly.  We are called to believe that God is real and that he has great plans for us (Jer. 29: 11).  We are called to be ready, to be prepared for God to do the great things he has planned to do.  We are called to wait upon the Lord.

I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.  My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

Psalm 130: 5-6

The waiting here in Psalm 130 does not mean killing time, twiddling your thumbs, God would you hurry up and get to work. It means providing your full attention. Declaring your dependence on God the provider. “He leads, we follow.” 

It is important for us to accept at this juncture that God does not need our help! It is to our benefit that we call upon the Lord, not His.  Scripture is full of examples:

After ten years of waiting Abraham took matters into his own hands and the result was Ishmael.  What he did was socially acceptable, but it was not God’s plan.

God is ready to help.   When faced with overwhelming odds     Jacob grabbed hold of the Angel of the Lord and cried." I will not let go until you bless me."  This is a true example of waiting on the Lord. Desperate, faith filled reaching up to God.  As a result, God changed his name from Jacob, to Israel, which means "prince of God." His descendants inherited the land.

Jesus Heals Woman

In Mark 5: 25-32, the woman who had the haemorrhage for 12 years reached out to touch the hem of Jesus as a profession of faith. It was a Jewish tradition that the Messiah, the anointed one would have such power that touching the tassles on the edges of his clothing would bring about healing.  By reaching out to touch Jesus she was effectively saying “You are the Christ!” She was putting all her hope in this one attempt.  She would make Him unclean by touching Him.  This was a very risky manouver but she does it anyway.  Great faith at great risk with great consequences and great rewards.

God wants us to be a divine demonstration of His Presence and His Power. We will do that by:  

  • Believing
  • Being Ready
  • Waiting on Him

Pray for more faith. 

Pray for readiness.

Pray for a heart that is willing to wait on him.

May God richly bless you with a life that is full of expectancy!


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