The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Expectation and Experience"
Our outlook on the future often plays a significant role in our experience of things to come. King David greatly helps us to secure our expectations in accordance with God and His truth.
"My expectation is from Him" (Psalm 62:5).
We must join David in his anticipation of the Lord's presence and working in all things. The Apostle Paul amplifies this truth for born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ: "For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). In all that will come our way, be it blessing, difficulty, or the mundane, our greatest expectation must be that our Heavenly Father comes with the experience as its greatest reality. Whether we know and benefit from His involved presence will be significantly affected by whether we expect it or not.
"As thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee" (Matthew 8:13).
Wherever we go, whether to the pleasant, the painful, or the pedestrian, our Lord will be waiting for us. Moreover, He will be with us as we go. To a large degree, it is up to us whether we will know His greeting when we arrive, and how we will experience events to come. Our Lord allows us to frequently experience life in accordance with how we anticipate it. Expectation forms a primary component of faith. In this sense, we are self-fulfilling prophecies, as determined by who and what we choose to believe. "The Lord shall be thy confidence" (Proverbs 3:26).
Does God await us at our destinations, and will He be everything and more we will need when we get there? How we answer these questions greatly affects our experience of the Bible's certain assurance of our Lord's presence and provision. David determined to expect the Lord along every pathway and at every destination. God did not disappoint him, as so many of the Psalms confirm. We do well to share to embrace the confidence regarding the great fact of every moment to come, namely, that wherever we are heading, Someone is already there as our provision and peace…
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
"I will be with thee."
Weekly Memory Verse
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness."