Anticipation
May 19, 2008

By Micca Monda Campbell

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:6 (KJV)

Children anticipate everything from birthdays to family vacations. Yes, they await good things with expectancy. There’s no doubt that we once did too. As we grew older, however, we lost some of our anticipation. Maybe it’s because we’ve been disappointed one too many times. Perhaps we don’t expect anything because we don’t feel worthy of receiving anything good. Or maybe, we just don’t believe it’s meant for good things to come our way.

Take prayer for example. How many times do you and I petition the Lord and then fail to expect an answer? John tells us, “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask; because we obey his commands and do what pleases him” (1 John 3:21-22). You and I can have this confidence. In fact, as obedient children of God, we should be so confident in Him that we expect good things like answered prayer, a healed relationship, the home coming of a wayward child, forgiveness of sins—whatever we ask.

When my children ask something of me, they expect an answer. Then they anticipate the fulfilling of that answer. As children of God we should do no less. We should anticipate great things from our great God. We should expect Him to hear our cries and respond, so much so that we are looking with anticipation all around us for His answer and provision.

Bible teacher, Henry Blackaby says, “After we pray, whatever happens next is God’s answer.” Wow. I sometimes miss God’s loving response to my prayer because I don’t anticipate a reply.

The Bible teaches us that believing is seeing. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). We must believe in order to see God’s provisions. Let me ask you what I often ask myself: “Do you simply hope God will answer your needs, or do you see God’s generous hand at work in your life? Do you wait with expectancy or do you doubt His provision?” He may seem slow at responding, but He’s always right on time. While it would be nice if God owned the same watch as we do, you and I can always count on His perfect timing.

We will see God when we anticipate His involvement in our lives. We will see Him when we can say, “His answer and provision may come slow, but they are sure to come, and I will wait with expectation.”

Dear Lord, today I chose to anticipate Your work in my life. Show me great and mighty things that only you can do. And I will praise Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Him?

Intimacy with God Prayer Journal by Tara Furman

Prayers to My King by Sheri Rose Sheperd

Visit Micca Campbell’s blog

Application Steps:
Write your prayers in a journal and then record whatever happens next. Watch with anticipation as you record each response and see how God is working on your behalf.

Reflections:
Reflect on your answers to the questions within this devotion: Do you simply hope God will answer your needs, or do you see God’s generous hand at work in your life? Do you wait with expectancy or do you doubt His provision?

Power Verses:

Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (NIV)

Psalm 145:15-16, “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” (NIV)

Psalm 130:5, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (NIV)

© 2008 by Micca Campbell. All rights reserved.


6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your writing today! I have been struggling to remind myself that all is done in His time, not ours. Thank you for the reminder to look at the wonders He has done and is doing and to wait patiently with full belief.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what an eyer opener!! I didn't realize this! I always pray and know God will answer but never wait with anticipation.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I had reached an all-time low and was crying out to God about being single at 26 tonight. I felt like He just tunes me out every time that I bring up the subject. I felt like I was unworthy and He knew it all too well. I wrestled with God for a long time tonight then just started seeking Him. I went to your site and there it was -- God is not the mean kid with the magnifying glass that scorches the ants. I begged Him for peace and I believe that this is the beginning. Thank you. ~Flo

Anonymous Julie Anne said...

My son is in great anticipation of his 5th birthday and a party. I need to learn from his example as I anticipate God's work in my life!! My faith is small with very little anticipation in waiting for a larger home for our family.

Anonymous Shelley said...

i really enjoy your devotions Was wondering if possible to have a link or group on facebook?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got out of my car yesterday and said to myself I need to visit p31 because I believe God had a word for me and he did. I needed this devotion and I plan to wait on him for the breakthroughs needed in my life. I just started at a new church and I have alot of residue and pain from the church I left, even still I wonder sometimes did I make the right decision. Well I cna't look back so I have chosen to look forward and continue to press toward the mark of the high calling of Gos in chrst Jesus.

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