A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, July 30, 2012
“Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.” – Micah 7:7
God wants us to build up our spiritual expectancy muscles, and the only way to do this is to give them a workout. Just as we need to exercise our natural muscles in order for them to get bigger, stronger, and become more resilient; we need to exercise our expectancy muscles to produce a stronger state of expectation.
I work out at the gym usually four times per week. Most days, when I go, I do not focus on getting done. I focus on my workout, the exercises I am doing, the weight I am using, my form, and my hydration. I focus on my workout knowing that my working out is producing my desired results that I am confidently anticipating. When I focus on what I am doing rather than getting done, I usually get a better workout and the time passes by very quickly.
However, those rare times when I can’t seem to get it together and I am focused on getting done rather than getting in shape; then I rob myself of a quality workout with the end seemingly nowhere in sight. So it is with our state of expectancy, my brothers and sisters. Are you focused on working out the expectancy, or are you too focused on the expected end?
Now don’t get me wrong, the expected end is extremely important. We need to have an expected end, and we need to call those things that are not as though they were, as Abraham did (Romans 4:17). But when we get so focused on the expected end, that it causes us to become impatient and not build up our expectancy, we then rob ourselves and delay the expectation.
In my most recent trial (which I am finally coming out of, Praise God), I went through a period of asking God, “God, when are you going to bring me through? God, is today the day? God, I can’t take it any longer. God, are we there yet? (just seeing if you are paying attention :-) ). God, this delay is lasting much longer than I am sure you had in mind” (yes, God and I joke. God does have a wonderful sense of humor).
Then one day when I asked my routine question “God, seriously now, when are you going to bring me out?” He answered “When you stop asking me.” I literally laughed out loud because I was so caught off guard by this response, which is not what I expected. God needed to do a perspective adjustment in me. And when he re-adjusted my perspective, my state of expectancy; then I was able to see, come into agreement with, focus on, and work with God on the things that He wanted to equip, develop, mature, and build in me.
The prophet Micah purposed in his mind and established in his heart that he would “look and wait.” Notice, he did not write “look” or “wait”; but both. This verse serves as our instructions today in causing those promises that we are standing on to manifest in our lives.
You cannot do one without the other and be successful in the delivery of your result. Neither can you exercise them unevenly. Just like two oars of a row boat: in order to keep the boat moving forward, both oars have to be in the water and you must work them equally or the boat will start to deviate from its intended course and its expected end.
The Hebrew word for “look” as used in this verse is “tsaphah” (tsaw-faw) which means “to lean forward, to peer into the distance, keep watch” (Strong’s Exhausted Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “watch” as “to keep vigil as a devotional exercise.” The kind of watching that produces the promise, the type of effective watching that we are to engage in so that we can engage the result, is to exercise our watching.
Beloved, are you tired of watching? Maybe it is because you have been only rowing toward your promise with one oar in the water. Perhaps you need to pick up the second oar of waiting, which is our expectancy.
This, my brothers and sisters, will have to wait until tomorrow. So don’t wait idly for the conclusion of this message which is God’s Word for you; wait expectantly, and show up on Tuesday for part two of the exercise of expectancy.
Father, thank you that you are a watchful God. Thank you most Holy Father, that you are a patient God. We thank you for the gift of looking to you and waiting on you. You are our expected end, and in you every promises is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). In Jesus Name, we thank you for helping us exercise our muscles of expectancy and adding no sorrow to it because you are rooting for us and already have given us the victory! Amen and Amen!
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to focus on looking to the Father by exercising your watching and your waiting. Choose to put your attention and effort in your expectancy rather than your expected end, which God will bring about as you continue to actively wait on Him. And continue to fight the good fight of rowing with both oars in the water; for God, your Rowing Coach, has already given you the victory!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he is a member.