Those of you who know me may chuckle at this blog post title, because being expectant is something I know a lot about these days. For those who don’t know, as I write this post, I am 28 weeks pregnant with my husband and I’s first child, a girl due in June.
There’s a lot to expect when you’re getting ready for a baby. Things to buy, appointments to make, classes to take, advice to listen (and not listen) to. You prepare, you research, you pray, you worry, and finally a day comes when a little miracle pops into the world. You anticipate her arrival and (hopefully) you feel you’ve done your best to prepare for when that day arrives. We expect the baby (or if this isn’t your stage of life, you can replace baby with any number of things: graduation, wedding, heck even Tuesday) to come and we operate, act, talk, etc. in confidence of that coming to fruition.
Are we expectant with God?
As we have such confidence and anticipation with these other things in our life, do we have the same confidence that our God is moving? There’s a difference between hope and expectancy. We hope we win the lottery, we hope a conversation goes well, but are we merely hoping that our Savior will come through for us? Hoping He’ll fight for us? How do we shift our perspective from hopefulness to assurance?
Romans 12: 11-12 says:
“Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder.”
“Cheerfully expectant,” I love that.
Psalms 130:5 says:
“That is why I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for He has promised.”
These authors aren’t just crossing their fingers and hoping for an outcome, they are expecting God to react. Are we that confident? If we operate on an attitude of hope, we are leaving room for doubt. I’m not suggesting we must never have doubts, or even that we should fully expect God to grant our every desire. What I am asking is are we expecting God to listen, to react, to enact His holy authority? (Whether in our perceived favor or not.)
When we pray, we must not merely wish and hope for God to move, we must expect Him to, and live confidently in those expectations.
When I feel doubtful, I look to all the fulfilled promises of the Bible: Noah and the flood, Abraham and his sons, Moses leading his people, and on and on. All three of those men experienced brief moments of doubt, but overall, they were expectant of God’s promises for them. I constantly remind myself to live in an attitude of expecting God’s presence in my daily life and I hope you feel encouraged to do the same.