By: Paige Smith
Weeks into the new year some of us are still forging full steam ahead while others of us are needing a little extra push to continue on with the same zeal and motivation we brought our 2017 in with.
The real question we all face when life circumstances, unexpected challenges, and the simple mundane ebb and flow of life come our way is How do we maintain that spirit of Expectation we first had January 1st? And Is it even possible?
Expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case” (oxforddictionaries.com).
Another word for expectation is Faith, which is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
The good news is that countless men and women of faith have proven that it is possible to live in a constant state of Expectation even when inevitable life trials come!
We can find inspiration from these Biblical heroes and heroines who demonstrated that it’s truly possible to not just get excited about what God promises us, but to live in that spirit of Expectation continually.
Anna: Cultivating Intimacy in the Wait
Annna is one such woman of faith we can look to to see what it means to live in a spirit of Expectation.
Anna was a prophetess and widow who stayed in the temple day and night praying to God awaiting in joy and expectancy for when her Messiah would arrive.
At around 84 years after a life of fervent prayer and dedication to the Lord her prayers were answered and she met Jesus face to face (Luke 2:36-8)!
Anna lived in the spirit of Expectation. We know this because she prayed to God in faith every day for nearly 80 years!
This year we can stoke the fires of faith in our hearts through pressing into the secret place with our Heavenly Father!
He can revive our spirits and stir up an unexplainable joy even while we’re in the wait for our personal breakthroughs.
Habakkuk: Resolving to Catch God’s Vision
Habbakuk is yet another person we can find inspiration for how we can rise as women of faith this year!
Habakkuk was an Old Testament prophet who lived during a time of great corruption. He was known for wrestling with God. His name means “One who Embraces, Clings to, and Relies Upon His God” (Strack, Impact Study Bible, 1026).
When others would have been tempted to give up on God or their faith, Habakkuk made a resolve to go to the high castle wall walking away from every one else to wait until God spoke to him.
It’s after this decision where we find the beloved scripture, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2).
This year we can live in the Spirit of Expectation by being like Habakkuk and resolving to wait on God, positioning ourselves away from distractions, until God responds!
Noah: Preparing for the Rain
Many of us know the story of Noah, he was a man who served God when every one around him had forsaken God.
When God spoke to Noah about the coming flood and told him to build an arc, Noah obeyed the instructions exactly as God gave him.
Noah had never seen rain before but he chose to expect it in faith by doing everything God told him to prepare for it.
Just as Noah showed his faith and expectation in God by obedience to build the arc, we can live this year in a spirit of Expectation by diligently making the necessary preparations now for what we’re believing for in the future!
So what does it mean to Live In a Spirit of Expectation?
It means having joy knowing God has good plans for our lives and that even if everything isn’t going well right now He can turn it around and work everything together for our good!
It means setting our minds and positioning ourselves to wait on God in prayer, knowing He will respond! He’s a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
It means removing the distractions from our lives so we’ll be ready when He speaks to run with the vision He gives us.
It means radically obeying what God has already spoken to us concerning our futures even if we can’t fully comprehend now how He will work it out.
When it seems difficult to keep that spirit of expectation, we can encourage ourselves that God responds to faith!
There may have been a wait before the promise was fulfilled, but ALL of these men and women of faith saw their God breathed dreams realized as they lived a life of expectancy!
Let’s resolve to live in a spirit of Expectation this year knowing that God can and WILL come through in His perfect timing!
We hope this article has encouraged you to continue on in faith this year! What are you believing from God in 2017?
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