This blog comes to us from our Summer Intern, Anna Wilke.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about being completely confident in and expectant of God. Our God is all powerful and surpasses our understanding and I think we forget that all too often. We lower our expectations of God to a level we can understand and when we do we leave very little room for Him to move in the miraculous. As the body of Christ we are called to know who our God is, to know that He is capable of more than we could ever ask or imagine, to trust that He has our best interest at heart, and to expect Him to move in our lives.
As I think about expectation, I am reminded of the women in Mark 5 who touched Jesus’ robe and was healed. This woman had been bleeding for 12 years and the Bible says that she had been treated by doctors for years but her condition had only gotten worse, so when she heard about Jesus she knew if she touched Him she would be healed. When Jesus walked by her in a large crowd she pushed through the crowd, reached out and touched His robe and was immediately healed. When Jesus saw her He said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” She was freed from her suffering immediately and it was her expectation, her faith, and her pursuit of God with desperation that lead her there. This woman knew that Jesus was her only option and she expected Him to move in her life.
Just like in this story, there were always large crowds around Jesus, but that didn’t mean anything. Those same crowds came and went, the same crowds just went home and later shouted “crucify Him,” because just being around Jesus didn’t change them. You can be around Jesus and not receive anything, but it has nothing to do with Jesus because He is the Son of God in flesh, it has to do with our expectation. There were always people who stayed back and reached out to Jesus in faith and expectation, and those were the people who received something from Him. They were the ones who truly knew who Jesus was and were expectant of Him and they were the ones who were blessed. So instead of just being around Jesus, let’s be the people who reach out to Jesus is desperation and humility. Let’s pray big prayers and believe He will move in our lives because He is ready and willing to bless us. Let’s be expectant of our God.