B Moments, anticipation

Sing in Anticipation of God’s Blessings

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Today, I am singing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

Recently I was reading in the book of Acts, which details how Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten with rods for proclaiming Jesus in the city of Philippi. Imagine how miserable their circumstances must have been. They were stripped naked, beaten, put in chains, and imprisoned.

However, around midnight, the strangest thing happened. Both Paul and Silas began to sing and pray.

Think about that for a moment. It makes perfect sense at midnight to cry out to God or even to complain to Him. Yet despite all they had been through, they chose to sing and worship and praise Him.

We usually think of singing and rejoicing in response to God’s blessings. However, singing is not always in response to God’s actions, but in anticipation of them. They sang to shift focus from their pain to their hope and to create space for God to act within them.

As we think about our own personal situation that we need to sing in anticipation of, let us cling to these words: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, sing in anticipation of God’s blessings.

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