Think back to freshman year of college. What were your expectations going into it? Did you expect the best four years of your life? Did you expect to make friends that would one day be standing beside you on your wedding day? What were you expecting? Let’s say that you didn’t go to college. Think about your first job; what were your expectations there? Did you expect to become a manager or CEO one day? Did you expect to excel, do well, and retire from that same job? What were you expectant of?
I believe it’s safe to say that everyone has expectations of something or some situation. The definition of expectant is this: “having or showing an excited feeling tha something is about to happen, especially something pleasant.
I like to go into life feeling expectant, believing that something good is gonna happen!
I want you to feel this today. I want you to know today that God wants to do something great in you, and through you! I want you to expect that he is going to do great things in your life!
Before we expect great things in our life we need to look at what the Bible says about God so that we can know what he is capable of.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says this:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
The thoughts of God are far higher than anything that we could possibly come up with. While we see only what is directly and presently right in front of us, God has an aerial view over the entire universe and future!
Psalms 147:5 says, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.”
God’s understanding is BEYOND measure!!! He knows all things, he know about all things, he understands all things; our God is an omniscient (meaning all-knowing) God!
A.W. Tozer said this “Because God knows all things perfectly, he knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, he is never surprised, never amazed.”
God is Omniscient.
We also know that God is omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere.
Psalms 139:7-10 says “Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me”
Wherever you go God is there! In your car, at the bar, in a box with a fox, in a house with a mouse, in a spaceship with a…you get my point. Wherever you go he is there!
God is also omnipotent! Meaning he is all powerful! Revelation 19:6 “For the Lord God the Almighty reigns.” God is ALMIGHTY! He’s got the power!
Not only is God all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere, but we also know that God is all-loving.
Psalms 86:15 says that God is “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” Not only does God abound is love, but 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. The best definition of love out there is simply GOD! Thats his exact character; He is loving.
Now, if God is all loving and he loves us with everything He’s got then we can trust that he wants the best for us. And with God being all knowing we can trust that not only does he want the best for you, but he KNOWS what is best for you. The great part about him knowing the best for you is that he is Omnipresent, everywhere at once, so at ANYTIME, ANYWHERE he can do something great in and through your life. And because he is omnipotent, all powerful, we know that he can do ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, in our lives with his infinite amount of power. And we also know that he wants to do great things in us because he is all-loving and loves his children!
Our problem is that we don’t expect God to do great things because we have such a low value of God or a low mindset about Him!
Not long ago I was at a WKU game watching them play my alma mater, Campbellsville. My buddy and I went and sat right behind the CU bench because who doesn’t want free courtside seats that have been left open? As we were sitting there we got to talking to a lovely older couple. Within seconds of talking it was easy to find out that this older couple was LOADED. Two reasons I know this are 1. She had a ring on her finger that no lie, looked like the one the mayor had gotten Martha May in the Grinch. 2. I knew they were rich because simply, rich people, as you already know, LOVE to talk about what they have and what they do. So, I had a lovely conversation with the couple and on the way home I told my buddy that I was riding with, something quite frankly, strange and humorous. I told him that “man, this might seem weird, but when I’m around people that rich I sometimes just expect them to hand me $1,000 for no reason!” Me and him laughed, but in a joking way I was somewhat honest. I know that those people would have had not a problem in the world, by writing me a check for $1,000. They could have written it right there on the spot and not have missed it at all! In a sense I was being comical, but in I also expected that they could easily do that. (who knows…maybe one of these days someoen will do that for me :))
Because of the what I knew about that couple (they had lots of money) I knew and expected that they could have done something as absurd as writing me a $1,000 for no reason.
Honestly though, I have to admit that sometimes I don’t expect great things from God when I’m talking to him.
Instead I ask for the basics and ask Him to do the little things in my life that truthfully don’t take a lot of faith to pray.
Like I’ll pray things like “Dear Jesus, just help me to have a good day…”
LIKE WHAT? Is that all I can ask when praying to an all-powerful God?
Colossians 4:2 says “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
I love that word watchful. When we pray we should WATCH for God to answer it! That’s being expectant!
Being watchful and expectant in our prayer life is like the farmer praying for rain during a drought. He gets down on his knees, prays for rain, and if though it hasn’t rained in weeks, and there is not a cloud in the sky, he grabs his umbrella on the way out the door! That is being expectant of God!
It would be like this: Let’s say Bill Gates came to you and said “I will buy you anything in the world, just tell me what you want.”
Let’s say that your stomach growled as he said it and feeling a little hungry, you began to ponder on the question. Then after a few seconds of thinking you said, “Mr. Gates, after thinking this offer over I would like you to buy me a hotdog!.”
A hotdog!!!! If Bill Gates came to you saying that he would buy you anything in the world would you in your right-mind say a hotdog??? Heck no!!! If Mr. Gates came to me and asked, I’m buying the dang Dallas Cowboys and we are going to the Superbowl!!
In our lives, when we pray to an all-powerful God who knows all things and rules over all things then shouldn’t we expect more in our prayer lives?
Now, don’t get read this and immediately start praying for the house boat you’ve wanted and expect to wake up tomorrow and have one, but do expect God to do great things in you and through you AS you pray according to his will.
William Carey was a famous missionary from England. In 1972, Mr. Carey organized a missionary society and at their very first meeting he preached a sermon titled, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!”. Within a year of that sermon Carey and his family headed to India. After a 7 miserable years in India doing mission work, William Carey FINALLY baptized his first convert! In the next 21 years Carey and his associates would go on to baptize 1,407 converts. Not only that he was able to translate the Bible into 8 different dialects. Carey, despite the hardships and the unknown expected God to do great things; therefore he attempted great things, and through the power of God great things were accomplished.
Not only should we expect God to great things in our lives, but we should also expect something else.
We need to expect the comeback.
Hebrews 9:28 “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”
Expect the comeback of Jesus!