In todays cycle of craziness, we have grown to expect the worst. We brace ourselves each day for more bad news. We are afraid to go far from home. We fear what disaster will hit us in the face next. We begin to think evil lurks around every corner. We suspect everyone we encounter. Trust is gone and has been replaced with an expectation of being hurt or left behind.
We judge ourselves and others through lenses which have been broken by the corruptness of the world. Stealing. Cheating. Divorce. Deliberate acts of hate. Violence running rampid on the police scanners. Sirens blaring. Blue and red lights almost everywhere we look. So many people caught up in the schemes of the enemy.
I am at a point in my life where it has become evidently clear that I need to change my expectations. It is time to expect better. To see good. To declare positivity. To push past the ugly and see the good that is coming. It is time to change my thought processes. My language. My outlook.
It is not a time for declaring defeat. It is not a time to quit. It is not a time to stop pressing in. Praying. Or fighting this battle.
In this last year, I have had my doubts and fears about this house. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. It could be the day God says, “Now it is time to finish the house!” I would be dancing in the streets. I would shout from my rooftop the goodness of God. I would write an epic blog on just how great our God is. I would share the AWESOME news with everyone I know. Facebook it. Tweet it. Instagram it. I would tell the world!!!
But what if tomorrow ISN’T the day? What if another 24 hours goes by and nothing happens? Perhaps tomorrow, Tuesday, will look EXACTLY like today. No news. No hammers. No nails. No wiring being done. No drywall being hung. No plans for flooring or carpet. Just the same studs to stare at. What then will I expect for Wednesday?
It is time to expect NEW things. It is time to expect there is just ONE MORE hallelujah before something happens. It’s time to expect after the next worship song I sing, God is going to move on my behalf. Time for me to BELIEVE after this next prayer someones heart is being touched by God. It is time for me to keep pressing in and already declaring the goodness of God. It is time for me to already share what God has done. It is the perfect time to sing! Dance! And SHOUT!
When we are facing our mountain we CANNOT give up. Everyone’s mountain looks, feels, tastes, sounds and smells different. No one can truly understand why or how people react or respond the way they do. No one feels the same about things. What is a big deal to one person may seem like a small matter to someone else.
BUT the one thing we should all be able to expect is that God is who He says He is and He will do what His Word says He will do.
Right now. Whereever you are. Whomever you are. No matter the size of your mountain. No matter how far from the end result you are. This is the optimal time to start EXPECTING good things. It is a perfect time to expect God to move on your behalf. There has never been a better time than this to expect the greatness of God to show up.
Change your language. Change your thoughts. Speak truth. Believe the Word of God applies to you. Hold tight to His promises. Google them. Write them down. Speak them over your life.