Are You Expecting?

Read: Daniel 3:13-17; 6:10-23

Here is a link to the passages
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%203:13-17,%206:10-23&version=NIV

In the past month we have had some exciting news in our church family.  Three families have announced that they are expecting newborn children later this year.  This word “expecting” has continued to make me think the past couple of weeks.

Three weeks ago I wrote a midweek meditation about expecting miracles in our lives.  Since then I have come across several scripture passages and devotionals that have continued to ask that same question.  When we pray, when we seek God, do we truly expect the Lord to show up?

These two stories in Daniel are great examples of that. The King threatened to throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the blazing furnace and their response was, “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it.”

Then three chapters later Daniel is thrown into the lions den for continuing to pray to God when the King ordered them not to.  After spending the night in the den the king comes the next morning and finds Daniel fine and healthy.  In verse 23 it says, “no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

When we seek the Lord and when we pray to the Lord do we expect results?  We should be, in fact we should be expecting God to intervene for us in his own way and within his own will.  When we come to church, do we expect to encounter THE God and ultimate creator of the universe?

Pastor Helen Paynter tells of a story she heard as a child.  There was a time of extreme drought in this one particular area and so a group of Christians gathered to pray for rain.  But of all the people that came to pray for rain only one of them brought an umbrella.  That person was truly expecting rain if that is what they were going to pray for.

Just a good reminder for all of us, that God knows our heart when we seek him and when we pray to him.  Does God see someone who is expecting results or answers, or someone who doubts anything will come of it?

Just like the families in our church are expecting wonderful new additions to their families this coming year, I hope we are expecting new and exciting things from the Lord in our lives as well.  It may not be immediate, it may not be what we had envisioned, but God knows our heart and hears our prayers.

Make it personal:  Write these responses from the book of Daniel somewhere and put them where you can see them often.
“The God we serve is able to deliver us from it.” Daniel 3:17
“No wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”  Daniel 6:23
Live in that expectation!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church