But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Micah 7:7
Expecting is the very root of faith. This is a powerful and important word that gives power to our daily walk of faith. It’s fine to believe in Christ’s victory over Satan at the cross. We all need to believe in that promise of Satan’s ultimate defeat. But it’s a far different thing to step out on that promise and fight when you’re outsized, outmanned, outsmarted, and outmatched in every way. Jesus had already told his guys they’ve already won, but how many are ready to walk in that promise and actually fight? You have already won by virtue of your salvation, and it’s not of you, but of Him. Don’t get played by Satan and attach to his power. Everything, whether pain or pleasure, no matter what your physical and mental experience is right now, it’s used by our loving Father who supplies everything to build our character. It’s your choice – God or the one who destroys our character, Satan.
Expecting is an attitude of the mind that brings confidence and courage. Caleb chose not to focus on the enemy but on the promise of God. A fighting God’s man is not owned by the Devil; he’s caught up in the victory, he knows God’s already won. That sort of man is an unstoppable force; the kind of motivated fighter God is looking for. Listen to what God says about Caleb: “Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” Numbers 14:24. Caleb expected because he chose to expect. God controls and has promised, are you expecting?
Father, thank you for giving me the motivating root word of faith – Expect!