When it comes to our relationship with the Lord based upon the evil we face, what sort of expectations do we approach the day with?
For the people of God, it should be with great expectations, not based upon our own abilities or the abilities of others, but rather upon the Lord.
When faced with enemies at the door, the prophet Micah didn’t look to anyone else but the Lord, and therefore his expectations were high.
“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)
But Micah’s enemies weren’t who you might consider, they were his own people, neighbors, friends, and even family (Micah 7:5-6). But this really shouldn’t surprise us, the prophet Jeremiah and Jesus said the same (Jeremiah 9:4-5; Luke 12:53).
But instead of getting caught up in all the drama, Micah prays, and he gives it over to the Lord and waits with great expectation for the Lord to deliver. And when that day comes the walls will be rebuilt and their territory will be extended, and people will come from all around.
“It will be a day for building your walls. On that day will your boundary be extended. It will be a day when they will come to you.” (Micah 7:11-12a)
To be a people of great expectations we need to continue doing what God has called us to do, and we need to be about God’s business always watching and praying while we wait expectantly for the Lord to fulfill His promise, a promise of revival.
But as we wait expectantly we’re not to sit back and do nothing. Instead we are to wait by serving God and others. This is at the heart of what it means to wait.
Waiting isn’t passive but active. Consider those who wait upon us in restaurants, their called waiters or servers.
And so, we wait with great expectations by serving.