The Power of Godly Expectations:
“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.” (Proverbs 10:24, 21st Century King James Version).
This is the key Bible verse for the “Come and See” devotional today.
This verse reveals one of the boundless prospects available to the children of the Most High God. Thus, the verse provides full assurance that all our heavenly-inspired expectations, desires, hopes and aspirations will be fulfilled. In a similar vein we read: “surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18, English Standard Version).
Here on earth, everyone who appears before a king or any other figure of authority is motivated by a wish for something or other. For example, Moses appeared before the Pharaoh of Egypt with a clear desire for the Israelites to be granted total and unconditional freedom from bondage. Similarly, each time we come into the presence of the Almighty God, what we receive is often determined by our own wishes.
One of the benefits of having a wish or desires when coming into God’s presence is that we will find ourselves getting more than we anticipated. The Bible states: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20, New King James Version). This reading suggests that God will always exceed expectations. For example, He promised to give double of everything according to His Promises: “return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope, even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” (Zechariah 9:12, New King James Version).
Strong and upright desires are the motivating effect for our faith. The desire for total healing made the ‘woman with the issue of blood’ come to Jesus Christ (see Matthew 9:18-26). As expected she received more than healing, because she was made whole. Thus, the Bible states: “but Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.” (Matthew 9:22, King James Version).
Jesus Christ often asks miracle seekers about their needs before attending to them and so it is important to be clear in our minds about these needs before coming into the Presence of God. One can be sure that our needs will be granted by the Almighty God, and our expectations will not be ignored. We often overlook this boundless spiritual provision and lower our expectations. However we need to make our request known to God without limiting His vast resources. There is nothing God will give you that will reduce Him: He is the All Sufficient and The Most High God! Psalms 37:4 states ““Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Let us pray: “Father, I openly lay my expectations and desires before your feet. By your mercy, let me not be disappointed. Let me not be put to shame,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.
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