But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation My God will hear me. Micah 7:7
My wife makes the best pot roast. Seriously, it’s the best. It cooks in beer all day and fills the house with the most amazing smell. Whenever I walk by the kitchen, I can smell it and my mouth begins to water. I count down the hours until I can devour one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.
I anticipate. I expect. I know what is in store for me and I cannot wait to enjoy it. That’s just pot roast.
Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. -Joshua 3:5.
The Israelites had come to the Promised Land. The land God told them would be given to them. Moses was dead, and Joshua now lead them. They came to the Jordan River, the boundary to the Promised Land and wondered how they were going to cross it; how they were going to defeat the armies on the other side. Joshua said “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” God stopped the flow of the Jordan River, allowing the Israelites to cross into Caanan, terrifying their enemies who knew that God was with the Israelites.
Joshua wanted the Israelites to expect God to do something. Not to doubt, but to believe, anticipate, and have courage.
On Sunday mornings, do we expect God to work? When we gather as his church, do we anticipate that we will meet with him and that lives will be changed? If we, as leaders, don’t expect it, then why should the people we lead expect it?
God is alive and active and when his people gather in his name, he still does wonders.
Anticipate it. Expect it.