I've been thinking about the current sermon series I'm preaching entitled: Stepping into your new thing now! Our church has been developing a healthy diet of the word of God around the subject of transformational living, cycle disruption and walking out our biblical expectation for our lives. What an exciting time of sharing,sermonizing and measuring the results of a blessed life through the "grace stories" of those who have been affected by such a word.
I thought I should share a brief word about the latest revelation in this series of messages. The Effort of Expectation focuses more on the effort from us to believe and walk out God's promise more than the expectation that the promise would manifest. Our case study of the life of Abraham shows us that God's promise are packed with the word to carry out what is promised. God appears, he commands, he promises this former idol worshipper that his life would be blessed beyond comprehension. God doesn't show up with a "bag of blessings" just His word.
I am humbled by the revelation that my expectation of God is commensurate with my faith in Him. It is never an issue about what I expect from God; what is always at issue is my effort toward that expectation. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 4 that "Abraham stumble not at the promise of God because he was fully persuaded that what God promise He was able to perform". His confidence in God was assured by his effort to trust God for his promise. Our expectation is linked to God's promise! If Abraham failed in his effort to trust God ( offering up Isaac, interceding for Lot, etc) than his expectation of God would equally be diminished. Abraham put forth 25yrs of effort to get one promise manifested. He never stop believing even though he at times faltered. He never diminished his effort to trust, obey, believe and walk out what God had commanded even though his expectation had no manifestation.
Other biblical characters like Noah, Hannah and Moses portray similar feat of effort; proving that they had great expectation of the Lord. Build an arc in expectation of a flood. Put forth an effort in prayer for a son when you are barren? Effort is the evidence of faith. We will always do what we believe no matter if its the right or wrong thing...we believe it. Moses leads millions of Jews into a desert in expectation of finding a promise land. Does your effort tell the story of your faith or lack thereof?
The effort of expectation requires diligent movement towards the expectation of the promise even when their is no evidence of it being fulfilled.
Little Effort = DISAPPOINTMENT
Its perfectly alright to have great expectation from the Lord. Its not alright to have little effort.
You can have anything you want for yourself and your life if you CHOOSE to participate in it.