I keep telling myself I need to be consistent. But when Winter looks at me with eyes filled with expectation, my heart is dislodged from it's immovable position and I compassionately hand him an apple.
There's something powerful about a demeanour filled with expectation. An expectant person will have all kinds of doors opening for them. The Oxford Dictionary defines expectation as someone that 'has or shows an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good'.
Just as Winters expectation unlocked something in my heart, so too does our expectation of the goodness of God unlock something in His!
David was a man after Gods own heart. He knew that God was moved by his prayer and wanted the best for him and that although he may not know exactly how God would answer him, he was convinced that He would always respond:
'In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly' – Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Another word for expectation is faith. The bible defines faith as being 'the reality of what we hope for [and] the evidence of things we cannot see' – Hebrews 11:1 (NLT). Our expectation of Gods goodness is an expression of our faith.
But this faith isn't just wishful thinking or a positive mindset as fragile as Melbourne weather. This faith is built upon the solid foundation of Gods promise and the power of His word that will never pass away.
With faith, nothing is impossible. No wonder doors are opened and apples are given to those who are filled with expectation!
Many may disqualify themselves from becoming a person filled with expectation because they don't 'feel it'. But faith has never been based on emotion or fleeting feelings, but is based on trusting in the word of God:
'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' – Romans 10:17 (ESV)
Choose to be a person filled with expectation. Expect God to answer your prayers! He will never answer you because of eloquence, but will always respond to faith no matter how much you fumble your words.
Live expectant. Because a life full of faith is the key that unlocks all the good things that God has for you!