“For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” (Prov. 23:18, KJV).
When we think about the future, are we expecting good things? Are we anticipating the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living?
More food for thought: Have you noticed how people that expect bad things to happen to them, generally end up seeing their expectations come to pass?
Jesus introduced this spiritual principle to us when He told blind men seeking healing, “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matt. 9:29, NKJV). They came to Him expecting to experience His kindness. They left with a miracle. He pointed out that their heart posture of anticipation was key in the unfolding of their healing. How it stirs His heart when we demonstrate that we know who He is!
If we are not anticipating good gifts from our Father, we don’t know Him very well yet. There is absolutely no condemnation about this, but He gently invites us to get to know His heart better. He longs for us to acquire experiential knowledge of how supremely kind and generous He is. From this knowledge flows our faith in Him, our anticipation of His goodness.
Our faith “is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (Heb. 11:1, NLT). Developed, seasoned faith means that we are confident in God’s character. On our journey, we have come to understand how immeasurably loving He is. We know that the kindness of His nature means that He longs to do good to us. We know that kindness is going to transfer into good gifts from His heart in response to our seeking, asking, and knocking. It gives us great assurance of what we are asking Him for, ahead of time.
So… calamity, or blessing? What we anticipate for our future is a strong clue indicating how intimately we know our Daddy God. What are we expecting today? Our expectation will not be cut off.
Deep down in your heart, do you have a sense that God wants to do good for you?