If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
I remember my Fridays as a child fondly. Dad would come with little packets of Bibo (a small packet of juice) and other goodies. We’d meet him at the door, jump on him, and tear apart the shopping because we knew there was something nice he’d brought us. It was not even a question, it was guaranteed. We also loved it when he went for safaris because we would get to call him and he’d ask, “Unataka nikuletee nini?” Guys, that was the one million dollar question. But of course, when you’re like six the only thing you think of is your stomach.
Now I’m too old to rush and meet my father at the door. Or even expect Bibo every Friday. But even though I have outgrown my father’s laps, I still get excited when he buys us gifts every other day and especially when he goes for safaris because a gift is guaranteed because you never really outgrow your father.
These fond memories of my childhood reminded me of my own relationship with God, especially when I got saved. Those were the days of faith, a pure and an unadulterated faith. A faith that had not been polluted by the cares of the world. The expectations that had not been disappointed. A heart that had never been broken. The days when it had been so much easier to trust and I actually felt excited about being in His presence. When I went to church and actually encountered God. And then life happened.
Church had become a routine, almost a drag. But that changed when I listened to Expectation Effect by Michael Todd. He talks about how expectation is the breeding ground for miracles. I had never really felt like I had to expect from God. I’ve always assumed that He knows, it’s obvious, He can read my mind, you know like typical female culture, lol. If you are like me, I know you like it when God surprises you with something you’d not even prayed about but the thing is He wants us to expect from Him. He says He can do exceedingly abundantly above what we think or imagine. You see it’s not exceedingly abundantly above
nothing, it’s about what we are thinking, imagining, praying about, this is what He will exceed.
Luke 8:43-48 ESV
And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased.
And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?”
When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”
Truth is since I started expecting from God, I’ve seen my Sunday service change from being something I attend to a place and a time where God meets me. You see we could all be in church but only a few people will leave there with an experience. I’ve been in services which I thought were quite a bore but later met other people who were in the same service and could not stop saying how blessed they had been by the sermon. Now, Jesus had been walking with a crowd and we can be sure that each and every person in the crowd had issues that He could have handled, but there was a woman who had an expectation from Jesus and she was the only one that was healed.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
How is it possible that Jesus could have been walking with a crowd of people all of who were obviously touching Him and yet only one woman got healed? Simple, she was the only one who had an expectation. Faith is all about expectation. I believe when Jesus says we need to go back to our first love, it’s not about works. It was a place where nothing was impossible. Where everything was placed at the feet of Jesus. Sometimes we grow up and become too independent to depend on someone. We just don’t know how to be excited because I’m sure you’ve heard it said that you should prepare for the best but expect the worst. It sounds like a good quote because it feels like the formula for protecting oneself against disappointments. However, if we are His children, then, God wants us to treat Him like a Father. Expecting from Him: Trusting His character. Being excited about meeting Him.
It is not a magic formula and it does not mean that we will never be disappointed or that God will answer all our prayers immediately. Sometimes the healing will come in the seventh dip like Naaman. It may mean, like Elijah trusting that a cloud the size of a fist means that the famine is finally over. Child, trust God enough to expect from Him.