This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about the importance of keeping our expectations high.
Recently, we’ve been talking about being in a new season. We discussed having one foot in today and the other in tomorrow when it feels like we’re on the brink of something new. We also talked about the importance of inviting the Holy Spirit into our journey when we enter a new season as God sent the Holy Spirit as our Counselor.
However, one other thing I think we should do is have high expectations for our new season—high expectations that God will show up and show out. Recall the time that Peter was in jail during the Passover celebration. He was placed under the guard of four squads of four soldiers. In other words, he was in what we might call today a maximum security prison.
During that time, there was a gathering of believers who stayed up all night praying for Peter. We also know that in the middle of the night, an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter and led him out of prison.
Here’s the somewhat comical part. Peter left the jail and went to the home of the believers who had been up all night praying for him. When he knocked at the door, a servant girl named Rhoda answered. When she saw it was Peter, she was so shocked that she ran back to tell the others, leaving Peter standing outside.
When she ran back inside to tell everyone about Peter, they didn’t believe her and instead thought it was Peter’s angel at the door. They had been up all night praying but didn’t have high enough expectations that God would answer. Don’t let that happen to you in your new season. As you think about that, remember these words: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24 (ESV)
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So today, have high expectations.