Biblical expectation is about waiting for the Lord with anticipation of His action. It is standing firm on His promises. Expectation while waiting is not passive, but active. Make the most of every opportunity seasoned with salt and full of grace. We should expect good things to happen for the Lord is good. That does not mean that all things that happen to us are good; however, "we know that God is working all things together for good for those who love him and are called by his name" (Romans 8:28).
James 5 reminds us of how the farmer waits for the spring rains. He waits expectantly, as sunshine and showers will bring new life. Yes, Spring is here and new life is coming into our winter-weary lives. Cold is giving way to warmth. Birds are wildly proclaiming the end of fear of starvation and protection from the storms. They are already praising God for his goodness. Should we not do the same? “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, his love endures forever.”
The Psalmist David in Psalm 62 says, “Truly my soul silently waits for God…He only is my rock and my salvation…I shall not be greatly moved…my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” It is hard, but waiting on the Lord is a theme of Scripture. David waited silently and expectantly. He could not stay very still, but keep running from Saul. This is where his true contentment came from.
What are you waiting for? What is your expectation? Is it for some worldly promotion in work or investments or prestige? None of this will last. Wait expectantly on the Lord. “I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land spring of water.” (Isaiah 41:18). He brought them to the Promised Land and He will do so for us as we obediently wait in expectation. We need to continuously seek Him in prayer, His Word and everywhere while we wait. He brought me healing from darkness and He will do the same for you.