The word expectation has once again come to the surface in my mind and heart. I’ve been pondering how scripture says that expectation hastens the coming of the Lord. Likewise when we expect God to move on our behalf, it accelerates His moving.
God wants us to be expectant of Him. Another word for expect—is hope, another word for hope—is faith, another word for faith—is trust. Expectancy in God shows that we have hope, faith and trust in Him—this motivates Him.
I am at a point in my life where I need God to move on my behalf. I need Almighty God to part the metaphoric Red Sea, that looms ever so threatening before me. I’m expectantly looking to Him.
As I sat in my chair praying, I said “Lord, I am expecting that you will part my Red Sea.” Unfortunately I could feel an attitude within me that said “I know your good, so come on I expect You to be good to me.”
Instantly I felt convicted by the Holy Spirit. Telling me not to demand from the Lord—not to try to manipulate Him to do what I want by inferring; “you’re good so prove it me.”
Repenting, I checked my heart, and got a revelation about expectation.
Here are two forms of expectation:
1. Humble expectancy: Where yes, “I am a child of God and I am blessed and privileged to be His daughter. I’m completely humbled to be chosen, because basically I don’t deserve such an amazing Daddy. I’m the least of the least and yet He has chosen me. Plucked me right out of the world and I’m grateful beyond words.”
2. A deserving—entitlement expectancy: Where because of who I am, “I am a child of God and how fortunate for Him to have a child like me and because I am so great, I expect my Daddy to buy me that new car” attitude.
Humble expectation takes the stance of understanding and knowing how amazing and kind our Father is, and because we know His great character—how loving He is, we expect that He will treat us with kindness and love, not that He has to prove anything to us. It’s out of knowing how much He cares for us that we ask Him to have mercy on us and part our Red Sea.
The deserving mind-set, sets its sight on how good I am, also it causes us to hope in God’s actions and provisions not necessarily in God.
The truth is, our hope cannot be in our Red Sea parting (His actions)—our hope is in the One, who parts our Red Sea.
Also, we realize we are at His mercy. We don’t demand what He should do for us. We just trust and know that because He is good, whatever He chooses to do for us will be best. However He chooses to part our Red Sea, however long He chooses to wait before He parts it—We are at peace and rest with His decisions.
Does this mean we don’t ask? Certainly not, but we ask out of knowing that He is endearing. He is Kind, He is Love, He is merciful. We ask out of a true heart of worship.
We never ask out of how much we deserve His blessing. Otherwise it would be a works mentality “look how good I am, look how much I do in your church for your people, look how many people I’ve witnessed to, look at how much money I gave; now I’m expecting You to bless me, come on hurry up, I’m waiting”
This is where a lot of believers get off track in regards to prosperity. The prosperity kind of Christianity often resembles the I deserve it approach to God. I used to be caught up in this, where I really thought I deserved the best parking place in a shopping center, and other ridiculous attitudes such as that. “I am a child of God-roll out the red carpet.” Ugghh!
Jesus never exhibited that kind of behavior. He came to earth as a helpless babe, born in a stinky stable. Jesus washed the disciples feet. He lived His life in humility—yes He expected His Father to move for Him; but positively, He did not demand. Our example is the cross, Jesus could have had a legion of angels at His disposal to rescue Him and deliver Him from the men who were punishing Him. Instead He said to His Father “not as I will, but as You will.”
Expectancy has to be birthed out of how great God is and not out of how great we are.
I encourage you to set your gaze on Him. Let your thoughts linger on how merciful, loving and tender-hearted He is. Knowing that because He is so great and kind; the only way He would act towards you is out of love.
His nature is to be kind and merciful…expect to be treated as so. Look and hope expectantly, for the God of love and mercy to part your Red Sea.
Psalm 62:5-6 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 10:17 “LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear”