Do you find yourself questioning if God is doing anything in your life? Wondering if today will be the same as yesterday was? Going through the motions?
Do you want to learn how to wake up each day and have expectant faith? A deep faith that understands who God is and watches expectantly for Him to do amazing things in your life? Let’s take a look at this together, friends. I’d like to share what I’ve recently learned about this.
As we wrapped up our Women’s Bible Study a few weeks ago on understanding God’s voice, I asked each woman to give input on their biggest takeaway from the study. I love to hear everyone’s perspective on faith related topics. It really helps me in my own personal growth, so I was excited to hear the answers.
I heard some really great answers and thought-provoking insights from the other women and I shared what resonated in my heart. My biggest takeaway was that, as followers of Jesus, our faith should lead us to wake up each day expectantly waiting for God to move in our lives.
Not asking the question of WILL He move on our behalf, but instead looking with eyes wide open, waiting and knowing that something magnificent IS about to happen.
If I’m being honest, I think I take God and His promises for granted. Which really is sad, because I’ve personally seen Him perform miracles in my life and the lives of those around me. Miracles of healing and restoration. I’ve seen lives changed, relationships transformed, and people saved.
And yet, I still struggle to have expectant faith. A faith in which I wake up each day and excitedly ask God, “In what ways will you move mountains today?”
JESUS SHOWS UP
I love the story in the Bible in Mark 9, in which we see Jesus heal a young boy who is possessed by a demon. The story unfolds as Jesus is on His way back down the mountain with three of His disciples after He gloriously appeared with both Elijah and Moses.
As Jesus approaches the rest of the disciples, He sees a large crowd of people arguing with them. Jesus asks what they are arguing about and the boy’s father begins to tell Jesus how sick his son is. He goes on to tell Jesus how he asked the disciples to drive out the demon from the boy, but they couldn’t.
At this point, Jesus becomes irritated and calls out the disciples’ lack of faith. Telling them that if only they truly believed, they would have been able to rid the boy of his demons. The boy’s father continues to tell Jesus how his son has been sick for a long time and then asks Jesus if He is able to help him.
I used to think Jesus’ response was a bit indignant. But as I’ve grown in my faith, I realize that His response is calling us to have expectant faith, waiting and watching for what Jesus will do in our lives.
Scripture tells us that Jesus says to the boy’s father:
Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mk 9:23 (NIV)
YET WE FORGET
Why do we often forget this?
Our hearts know this to be true, but our minds seem to let the thoughts of this world take over and our unbelief sets in. Doubt and insecurity take over. Our faith goes by the wayside. And we are left with a mess, just like the disciples.
As soon as Jesus reminded the boy’s father to have expectant faith, Scripture tells us that his faith was renewed. And it’s the kind of faith we all have. We just seem to forget. We know the power that Jesus holds in our lives, but we forget. And Jesus calls us deeper into relationship with Him by simply allowing us to remember to trust Him and have faith that He is doing amazing things.
Just like He did with the demon-possessed boy and his father. Like He did with the disciples whose faith was seriously lacking. Just like He does so patiently and lovingly with us.
He could easily walk away and give up on us for our lack of faith. For our doubts. Our unbelief. But if we can honestly admit our flaws and cry out for help like the boy’s father, Jesus stands waiting to move and He performs miracles.
The boy’s father immediately cried out to Jesus when he realized his faith had wavered and said:
I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mk 9:24 (NIV)
Left to our own devices, our doubts and unbelief get us into so much trouble. Only with Jesus can we have faith that sees who He is and what He can do in our lives.
You see friends, it’s ok to have doubts and questions with our faith. But we must let those areas of unbelief intersect with the grace and mercy of our Savior. We must cry out and ask for Jesus to help us.
So, how do we live with expectant faith? What are some ways that we can make our faith come alive and wake up each day with childlike anticipation for God to move mountains in our lives?
BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISES
I think one of the most important ways to live with expectant faith is to believe in God’s promises. We can find these profound truths woven throughout Scripture as we read about God’s great love for us. One of my favorite verses reminds us of the importance that God’s Word should play in our lives.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:16-17 (NIV)
As we look deeply into the stories it holds, we can find inspiration on living a life focused on God. God’s Word weaves His promises and truths into each book.
We learn about God’s character and who He is. Those revelations help us to understand that we can put our faith in what God says. Scripture contains promises that tell how deep God’s love for us runs, how He is always with us no matter what our circumstances, and that we will live with Him eternally in Heaven.
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
- “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8
- “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 Jn 3:1
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is 41:10
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Jos 1:9
- “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6
- “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 Jn 5:13
- “As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us – eternal life.” 1 Jn 2:24-25
- “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” Jn 5:24
REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE
After we have spent time in Scripture, studying God’s Word and embedding it deep into our hearts, we will know and believe the promises and truths He lays before us in His Word. As we focus on these promises and His character, we will be able to stop and reflect on the things that God has already done in our lives. Things perhaps we had forgotten because they are long past. We can remember God’s hand in our protection, our provision. We will be able to see how He worked situations and circumstances together for our good, to bring goodness out of the bad.
Knowing that He wants His very best for us and our lives.
TRUST HIM TO MAKE A WAY
It is then that we will begin to fully trust Him to make a way to move mountains in our lives… AGAIN. To watch with childlike anticipation that He will do what He has promised. And to wake up each day with expectant faith, knowing that with God anything is possible.
Having expectant faith isn’t something we are born with; it is a response that we give in obedience as we come to fully know and trust Our Savior. We rest on His promises, focus on what we have already seen Him do in our lives and trust that He will make a way once again!
How much would our lives change if we woke up tomorrow and asked, “God, how will you move mountains in my life today?”
I challenge you to start asking that question and wait expectantly for God to answer it!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your character and who you are! Help us to live with expectant faith, waiting with childlike anticipation to watch you move mountains in our lives. Show us how to believe in your promises, to remember what you have already done and to trust that you will make a way again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.