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 want you to anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promises.
Anticipation is the perfect mindset to keep during the Advent season, a season of expectation born out of the long period of anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. When we turn to the book of Acts, we see that that’s exactly the mindset that Paul and Silas maintained after being arrested. 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.
Paul and Silas’ singing was truly a supernatural response. They were able to shift the focus from their pain to their hope. They sang in anticipation of God’s promises to be fulfilled.
As you think about your own promises and prayers being answered and fulfilled, hold onto 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)
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So today, anticipate.