Have you ever noticed how easy it is to keep moving when there is something you are looking forward to? Any time we have expectation of something good in the future we are filled with enthusiasm. It may be an event, date on the calendar, or even finishing a project but we tend to be more excited when there is a bright spot ahead. Expectation is not only something that keeps us moving, but it also provides strength to help us overcome obstacles along the way.
When we think of everything Jesus faced before going to the cross, we realize He lived with constant expectation of brighter days. It was not just a brighter day for Him returning to His home with the Father that He was looking forward to. He was looking forward to all of us and seeing the life we could live after His defeat of the enemy. The Word of God says in Hebrews 12:2 that, “Who (Jesus) for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.” He didn’t have His eyes fastened on what He was going through, but rather where He was going to.
A tactic of the enemy is to consume us right where we are at. If he can paralyze us where we are, there is no possibility of us ever escaping our current circumstances. That’s the reason the devil works so hard on us mentally to steal hope. Without hope there is no motivation, and we remain “stuck.” Romans 15:13 says it this way, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” If we substitute the word “expectation” for the word “hope” in this text we realize that expectation is something that God gives to make us strong in our believing.
The key to always abounding in expectation is to keep our eyes fastened on the Giver of expectation, God Himself. If we set our eyes only on our surroundings or circumstances, we will become heavy hearted with no strength to move forward. But if we continue to consider Jesus, we will realize the difficulties we are facing are nothing compared to His before the cross.
In this comparison, we realize our situations are only light afflictions. Sometimes it may seem that there is nothing to look forward to. That is when we need to engage a thing called “imagination.” Our imagination was designed to put something unseen into our mind visually. Even though imagination can be used wrongly, it was designed to help us maintain expectation.
When things are dark around us, we can imagine the answer coming, the light shining on our path, and His promises fulfilled. If we can do that, the breakthrough will come more easily and swiftly. For many of us we need to rewrite our future and what we are expecting by using our imagination. Stir expectation by imagining a more spiritual life, a healed body, stronger family and more.
Remember, expectation is our motivation. It needs to be guarded and protected so we continue to move forward into the life God has for us.
Pastor Jerry & Trudy