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Expectant faith

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Expectant faithIn the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.Psalm 5:3

Have you ever planned a trip for months, yet when you finally arrived at your desired destination, felt a tinge of disappointment? However, at other times, when your trips were unplanned, you experienced the thrill of forging meaningful memories…

The common factor of both experiences simply boils down to expectation. In the first instance, you invested vast amounts of energy in anticipating what the place will look like, the activities you would enjoy and perhaps even the people you might meet. So when you eventually arrive, you subconsciously compare the actual with the imagined, leaving a chasm of difference. On the other hand, spontaneity creates a happy bridge between expectancy and actual experience, because there hasn’t been enough time to poison your hope.

Often, we take this approach with God. We pray with agendas in hand, hoping to prescribe to God what we think should transpire within the earthly realms of our existence. Thank God: He doesn’t always give us what we ask for. Sometimes, God waits for us to get to a place of implicit trust; of enthusiastic expectancy that what He has in store for us far supersedes our greatest plans.  

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:19-21

Can we honestly say that we “lay our requests before God” and wait in expectation for Him to answer? Granted, He often doesn’t answer in the way that we expect, but are we still open to receive whatever He has purposed to give us at the “perfect time” He has preset? I challenge you, as I have challenged myself, to firstly check where you have placed your trust (whether in God, or friends or family or your own strength). Secondly, it is vital to determine whether you esteem God’s ultimate purpose worth the price that needs to be paid to see God’s perfect plan unfold: minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, in your life? Then the final, fundamental question: What are you expecting from God?

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:18-21