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Embracing God's Promise of Abundance When Hardship Endures
by Jenny on January 20th, 2017

"Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly." Psalm 5:3

Have you ever wondered why pregnant women say they are "expecting?" It's because pregnant women ARE expecting something . . . a baby. (So much for stating the obvious!) I know all too well that many disappointing things can happen between the time a woman realizes she is expecting a child and actually brings that child home. But for all intensive purposes pregnant women expect something. I've reached a point in my pregnancy where I fully expect to give birth. I don't know when (or even where . . . I just pray we make it to the hospital!). But one way or another I will deliver a child within the next few months. I am certain of it. I expect it.

David expected something too.

In Psalm 5:3 David says to God, "Listen to my voice in the morning. Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly."

David failed to live up to God's standards on one than more account but David loved and believed his God. God called David, fulling expecting his mistakes, "a man after My own heart." (1 Samuel 13:14)

The words David penned in Psalm 5:3 challenge me. David brought his requests before God each morning and waited expectantly for God to act. It's one thing to wait on God (a life lesson in itself), it's another thing to wait on God expectantly. I've had to ask myself, "Do I wait on God with as much expectancy, with as much certainty as I wait to give birth to my child?"

I mentioned in a recent blog that I do not adhere to "name it and claim it" theology. God never promised to give us all we ask for, no matter how great our expectations are for God to answer. God promises to give us all we need to accomplish His will (Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 13:21). Of that, and of that alone, can we be certain.

When we remain in close fellowship with God through the reading of His Word and through prayer I fully believe God fills our hearts with His desires for our lives--desires that further His Kingdom and make His name known. Many times in Scripture He planted desires in hearts but those hearts had to wait many years for God to bring those desires to pass. Abraham waited 25 years for the promised child. Joseph waited 13 years to be justified before his brothers. David 20 years to become king. But these men waited expectantly, and God fulfilled His promises to these men in ways beyond what their hearts could have ever imagined.

Of Abraham, Paul writes in Romans 4:20-22, "Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. [Abraham] was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous."

Our faith, our expectancy in God pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6).

I have desires that seem a little far-fetched for a stay-at-home-homeschooling mama of six. But my job is not to question or doubt God. My role is to bring those desires to God, and to wait expectantly for God to act as He sees fit.

Psalm 37:4 reads, "Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart's desires."

Do you delight yourself in the Lord? Then God has promised to give you your heart's desires. Bring those desires before Him each morning and wait expectantly for Him to act.

I am expecting.

Are you?

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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