We can want what we want, but God knows what we need. Even today, everyone needs Jesus. But, not everybody wants Jesus. Many people will fit Jesus in (like on standby at the airport) when Jesus makes us a priority. Not only that. Jesus places you in first class. We need Jesus and we need to want Jesus in our life. In the account below, a man was asking for finances, but he really needed something else.
- Acts 3:1-9 New King James Version – 1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9
We can learn either of two ways. We can learn by listening to the advice, teaching and lives of others or we can learn by experience. We don’t have to learn every lesson through hardship. The key is to learn from our lessons. We can go through difficulty because “life” is in session, and it’s teaching us a lesson. The key to receiving what we need from God is to get up everyday EXPECTING!
Everybody is expecting something–a job, a healing, a passing grade, et cetera. But Christians should be expecting something good from God. Believers should not be expecting the worst.
Three things to focus on when expecting:
ONE: Expectation learns to ask.
- James 4:2-3 New King James Version– 2 You want what you don’t have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can’t afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you do ask you don’t get it because your whole aim is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
TWO: Believe you will receive it.
Believing is not as easy as it seems. Believing comes with opposition. When you receive what you believe, it will come with responsibility. Believe that God will develop you spiritually so you can handle the what God gives you. We must get used to waiting on the Lord. Patience is required when you are going through the process to receive what you are believing for.
Mark 11:24 New King James Version – Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
There is a cost for having a close relationship with the Lord. Jesus is worth every sacrifice. We must believe AND KEEP BELIEVING. Our duty is to stay in faith in spite of the circumstances.
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 New King James Version – 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
THREE: Expectation acts.
When we are expecting something, we should be willing to put forth some effort. Be willing to ignore the mockers and keep putting forth action. EXPECTATION IS AN ACTION. Are you expecting or rejecting. You can reject what God has for you. But if you keep expecting, you will receive God’s promises. And even if you don’t receive it, keep on believing. Even if death comes, die trusting God. God has better for those who die still trusting.
- Hebrews 11:39-40 New King James Version – 39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.