Do you expect to see God’s promises fulfilled in your day?
(Guest Blogger – Kelly Harris)
While reading the story of Jesus’ birth the Holy Spirit revealed a distinct difference in the way the shepherds reacted versus the way the wise men responded. This continues to resonate in my spirit as we approach the Easter season.
The difference is –expectation.
The shepherds in the fields had no expectation of the angel appearing. They were terrified. (Luke 2:9) Once they heard and saw the miraculous sight of the Heavenly hosts they set out to find what was so praiseworthy.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
The wise men, on the other hand, were overjoyed at the light in the sky and sought out the Christ child bearing gifts. (Matthew 2:10)
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
As I reflect on my spiritual walk, particularly over this past year, I can own this shift of expectation. I can say that I go on a treasure hunt daily.
You see, at first, my going had little to no expectation. I prayed, studied scripture, and went to church because I was supposed to. Doing these things not only felt good, they set the example for my children. It gave me a connection with people. I sought to see what there was to see, like the shepherds, more than terrified of God and His glory, yet absolutely amazed to find what He had promised at the end of my pursuit. I lacked trust.
I lacked trust.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise… 2 Peter 3:9
Now I pray knowing God hears me, He knows what is best for me, and I trust in His goodness. I open my bible to seek a word from the Holy Spirit… I expect to find something in that moment that will bring me what I need. And perhaps the best part, like the wise men, I can bear gifts to glorify Jesus as I go.
Now that I walk with expectation, fear has lost its grip and joy is much faster to come. I can see God as the Promise Keeper.
Father, no matter the feeling whether it’s with fear or joy, I will move with expectation of Your promises to be fulfilled. Thank You, Jesus!
Be blessed in your hunting of Him… Kelly
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