We all like to proclaim that we’re “standing on the promises of God” but in our hearts do we really expect those promises to come through? If we really “expect” them to, then why to we constantly take matters into our own hands and mess it all up? Why to we worry so much and suffer the torment of fear? Because to often we grow wary and loose our expectation.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19
We know in our hearts that God is able but most times we doubt that He is willing because we feel so unworthy of His favor. Even when He has spoken a promise directly to our hearts, if it doesn’t happen in our timing or logic we quickly loose hope, and scripture tells us:
“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
A tree spreads it’s roots deep in the earth and it branches high into the heavens. It grows bigger and stronger every day and brings life and comfort to others. So how do we bring that tree of expectation back to life?
- Remember God’s character and compare it to our own: His faithfulness, limitlessness, loving kindness, flawlessness compared to our limits, impatience, and lack of understanding.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
- Read the Word: Let the Bible talk to you. It is truly a living Word and it will bring peace and understanding to your situation which will restore your expectation.
Read the story of Joseph beginning in Gen 37. God gave him a promise and though everything that happened for the next 20+ years of his life seemed to bring him further and further away from that promise, it was really God positioning him to receive that promise in ways far grander then anything he could have imagined.
- Spend time in prayer. Talk to God, remind Him of His Promises and let Him reassure you that He loves you, His plans for you are good, and He is working all things out for your good.
“Be worried for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
- Remind yourself of all the times He’s been faithful to come through for you already.
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Determine not to let the enemy steel your joy and expectation of victory. Remember, if you don’t quit you win. When the enemy comes in like a flood with his twisted deceitful tongue to steal your expectation, do what Christ did. Don’t entertain his lies, instead wield the sword of the Word and cut him down with scripture.
Stand behind the shield of faith and fill your quiver with these weapons against the lies of the enemy. As you read these verses let your expectation of breakthrough, change, victory, and fulfilled promises be reawakened.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands” – Isaiah 55:11-12
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:’ – Philippians 1:6