“Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Let’s pause for a moment and ask ourselves this question- What are we expecting God to do in our lives? Right now? Tomorrow? Are we expecting something wonderful to happen or are we not expecting anything much at all?
Expectation is a loaded word. It has baggage, lots of it. We carry baggage from previously unmet expectations and baggage from the weight of holding onto new ones.
Expectation is closely interwoven with faith. If we have faith for or in something or someone, then we are expecting a desired outcome or a response of some kind.
I believe God is calling us to raise our expectations, for us to understand that He can handle the weight of them and is ready (and able) to surpass them all. He has declared in His word that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, no human mind has conceived the things He has prepared for those who love Him, but His Spirit has revealed them to us (1 Corinthians 2 v 9-10). This declaration draws us in, encourages us to expect more from God than the status quo (whatever that is).
Expectation prepares us, we behave differently when we are expecting. If we know we have guests coming to stay with us then we prepare ourselves and our house to receive them. So with our God, it would go well with us to prepare our hearts and minds in expectation of His movement in and through our lives.
The world would often seek to dampen our expectation and hope in God, for it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But we are of a different spirit. We eagerly await His kingdom to fully come; we look for His will being done in the earth.
I want to be known by God as one who casts not away my confidence or expectation in Him, for I know it will be richly rewarded (Hebrews 10 v 35).
Expect God to do something wonderful. Expect Him to bring light into darkness, the oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
Expect Him to give beauty for ashes.
‘I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death’– Philippians 1 v 20