Day 34 – ExpectationMarch 3, 2011
Dear Devoted Believer,
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Acts 3:1-8 (KJV)
In this story, the lame man gives us a good illustration of one who was expecting. Peter and John were on the way to the temple, and the lame man was waiting at the gate to receive something from those who passed by. Peter took note of this man, and asked that he would look at them, and the lame man did what someone who was in a place of expectation would do. He took heed to them, expecting to receive something of them.
What are you expecting? The answer to this is so important because, what you are expecting has your focus and your attention. Are you expecting blessings or trouble? Are you expecting peace or problems? People of great expectation have clarity of focus. People of great expectation know that their thoughts affect their words and their actions.
What we focus on is so important that Apostle Paul in the book of Hebrews reminds us that we are not alone and that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. In chapter 11, he lists those who had placed their confidence in God and the integrity of His word, to reinforce our expectation that God is faithful, and we can trust Him to watch over His word in our lives. In Chapter 12, he helps us to understand the secret to fulfilled expectation.
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
“LOOKING UNTO JESUS” – Looking unto Jesus, is key to you and I aligning our expectations with God and His will for us. The Apostle Paul knew that we would face challenges and trials as all of those other men and women of the faith did. But he reminds us of their lives and what took place, to help us to see that the key ingredient to them overcoming is their expectation in God. The same ingredient you and I must have if we are to fulfill our destiny and experience God’s best in our life. We must be a people who LOOK UNTO JESUS.
Then Paul also reminds us that we can have a confidence in placing our expectation in Jesus, because of what He endured already for us on the Cross. Are you expecting that God hears you when you pray? If you are you will experience His peace in your expectation, to guide you. Paul communicates to us the steps of expectant looking and its benefit to us as we align our lives in faith.
6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:6-8 (ASV)
Are you expecting that the Lord desires His best for you? Then you can rest in expectation! Rest in His love, Rest in His strength and Rest in the integrity of God and His word over your life.
May your life be filled with expectation and may your expectations be anchored in the mercy, grace and power of the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for you.
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