Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Written by: Danielle Morgan
No matter what you are facing today, be encouraged that there is a Holy God who loves you beyond what you can measure. He loves you so much that he promises to work ALL things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28).
It’s really easy to feel the weight of our responsibilities, choices, and all the unknowns. But what if we decided to shift our focus? What if, instead of focusing in on what’s weighing us down, we embraced God with expectant hope?
Consider this idea of hope. And with it, expectancy. The Bible is filled with God’s promises of hope. It’s not just something he says—it’s a guarantee. This idea of expectancy is key because not only do we hope in the Lord, we expect Him to show up every time. We expect He will be there. We expect He will never leave us. We expect that as we hope in Him, we will soar on wings like eagles, run, and not grow tired, walk and not be faint. We expect He will make our paths straight. You see, His promises are just that: promises. So, expectancy should be a given.
We tend to lower our expectancy because we’re so used to being disappointed by broken people. But a relationship with Jesus is very different than a relationship with any other human being because Jesus doesn’t disappoint you. People are broken, and we hurt each other, even without trying sometimes. So, what do we do? We learn to lower our expectations and then we won’t ever be disappointed. But with God? That is the opposite of how we should come to Him. We should be coming to Him with expectant hearts. Expecting that the God of the Universe who loves you more than you could ever imagine is going to do as He said He would.
Thought of the day: Where is your focus currently? Do you place your trust and hope in your circumstance or in a Holy God who loves you and is in control? What areas in your life do you need to let go of and give to God? Are there things in the past weighing you down? Consider today that hanging on to the past or a present situation out of your control is keeping you from being able to see how God is currently working in and through you right now.
Prayer: Jesus, I pray that my mind and heart would wait expectant on You as you direct my path in the coming year. Thank You for walking with me every step of the way and promising to never leave me. Thank You for Your promises. Open my eyes to see the new thing You’re doing in my life right now. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.