Waiting in Expectation
BY JENN BLESSING
May 30, 2017
Waiting. We’re all doing it. It might look different for everyone and it always seems to feel we are alone in our waiting. But we are all waiting for something.
We’re waiting for a baby to come. We’re waiting for someone to come to know Christ. We’re waiting for a calling to be fulfilled. We’re waiting for a good report. We’re waiting for a struggle to pass. We’re waiting for the fighting to end. We’re waiting for money to come in. We’re waiting to get pregnant. We’re waiting for this loneliness to end.
What I am waiting for is a spouse. What many people don’t see when the smile goes away, are my tear-stained prayer journal or my fights with the Lord about what His perfect plan looks like.
“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” (Psalms 5:3 (NIV))
I have waited a lot of other ways, but not in expectation.
I’ve waited in …
Impatience, like somehow God is late.
Apathy, like I have given up on the fact that it is ever going to happen.
Frustration, feeling like God doesn’t see me down here.
Anger, because I’m surrounded by people that have that one thing I long for.
Confusion, because what I see in front of me is not what my heart desires.
Bitterness, because if one more person gets engaged I literally might just explode.
Heartbreak, feeling like God has let me down.
Timidity, praying these faithless prayers.
Fear, wondering what I will do if this stage of life isn’t just a phase.
Self-righteousness, thinking that I am entitled to something.
The word expectation means a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Here are three ways I have learned to wait in expectation.
If we are going to wait in expectation, we must be honest with what we are feeling. It is easy for us to feel the need to tie things up in a little bow. We know the “correct church” answer so that leads us to sweep over what we are feeling because we have the answer ready in our heads of what we should be saying.
He can handle your questions. It’s OK to have days where you don’t tie a bow on your struggle. You might not ever know the answer to your questions. However, I don’t think answered questions is where we find intimacy with Jesus. It’s when you seek Him during the unanswered questions.
Pray persistent prayers
I used to feel shame with continuing to struggle with the same thing. Like, “Hey God, here I am again, struggling with my singleness.” Go back to Psalms 5:3, “… in the morning, I lay my requests before you …” God does not shame us for our persistent prayers. God wants to hear from us. He wants us to consistently go to Him.
Proclaim it even when …
If we are going to wait in expectation, we must get to a point that we are proclaiming it even when we don’t feel like it, even when we don’t know what that looks like and even when our hope is gone.
So many times, I don’t proclaim God’s promises over my situation because I’m not feeling it. My feelings are distracting me from God’s promises. I’m not saying that those feelings aren’t real because like I said before, I think it is healthy to be honest with where you are at.
At a certain point, you must decide whether your life is going to be defined by your feelings or by declaring God’s promises.
You sing those promises and proclaim that He is good even when you don’t fully feel it and don’t fully understand. We wait in expectation knowing that we don’t have it all figured out, but holding on to the fact that God is still good.
May we wait in …
Patience, knowing that His timing is perfect.
Excitement, believing He has way more in store for us than we can ask or imagine.
Hope, knowing our hope is not based on the circumstances around us.
Joy, because we are not comparing our lives to others.
Clarity, because we are focused on Jesus not what is going on around us.
Peace, reminding ourselves that God has not fallen off His throne.
Boldness, as we proclaim promises even when we don’t feel like it.
Faith, being certain of what we do not see.
Confidence, that He is who He says He is.
May we be real with where we are at. May we be persistent in our prayers and wake up each day and lay our requests at His feet. And may we proclaim and declare His promises over what we see in front of us as we wait and expect Him to move in mighty ways.
This post is entirely the opinion of this week’s writer and does not necessarily reflect the view of Northview Church as a whole.