Are you Expecting Good Things from a Good God?
When I was a boy, I didn’t get up one morning and say, “Gee, I need a code of conduct”! Nor, did I have a passion to learn all about religious doctrines. What I wanted was a genuine relationship with Jesus. And, He didn’t disappoint me. Throughout my life, I have found the Lord to be faithful. He is always near at hand, ever ready to help me should I encounter any challenges along the road of life. Best of all, I can rest in God and enjoy sweet fellowship with Him instead of struggling to handle things on my own.
Isaiah 40:31 declares that, “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” The Hebrew word wait is “qavah” which means to look expectantly. Thus, this scripture is telling us that we can expect to be renewed and strengthened as we abide in the Lord’s presence. In Psalm 62:5-6 King David exclaimed, “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!” It's wonderful knowing that we can calmly look to the Lord with joyful anticipation of His provisions!
In Psalm 43:5 David stated, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And, why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him!” It is important that we manage our thoughts and emotions, for left unchecked our soul will run away with us far from the presence of God. David directed his soul to stop being depressed and hope in God instead. It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for hope is“yachal” which, just like the word wait, also means to be expectant.
Psalm 130:5-7 combines both of these words for maximum effect, “Wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning-- Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.” Truly, the Lord wants us to see the importance of expectancy. Over and over again in this passage, through the use of the words wait and hope, we are urged to expect good things from the Lord. Such positive anticipation is based solely upon the unchangeable promises of God. Without expectancy, it is extremely difficult to receive from God.
I love the honesty of David in the psalms. In Psalm 27:13-14 he admits, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” In other words, don’t stop believing in God’s goodness to provide the help you desire. Stay expectant! Psalm 37:4 encourages us to delight in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. God wants us to enjoy our time with Him more than anything else. As we do, we shall see His graciousness and generosity fully manifest in our life. There is no need for any of us to lose heart.
Lamentations 3:22-26 reminds us that, “Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness…‘Therefore I hope in Him!’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.”Because of God’s wonderful attributes such as: mercy, compassion, and faithfulness, we can expect to receive help from Him. As we meditate on His goodness, hope fills our heart and we are encouraged to draw closer to Him in prayer and worship. Waiting upon the Lord is a sweet place of peace and assurance that awaits all who will enter. In Psalm 23:6 David declared, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” What a perfect description of positive anticipation in the Lord! Are you expecting good things from a good God?