Expectations

Did you ever notice when reading your Bible that the Old Testament is full of stories filled with expectations?  This popped out to me today as I was reading about Jonathan in 1 Samuel chapter 14.  In that chapter (1 Samuel 14:8-10), Jonathan says that if the Philistines say, “Come up and fight,” that will be the Lord’s sign that He will help defeat them.

It seems like such a small thing, but what I noticed is that there are so many instances like that.  There are so many verses where people say if something happens then it will be the Lord’s sign.

People expected a sign.

Not only did they expect it, but they also outlined how it would come.

So and so will say this.  You will see that.  I will hear this.  Something will happen.

Expectations of a sign with very clear understanding of just how it will be given…

I don’t know why things pop out to me the way they do in the Bible.  Sometimes, I feel as if I see things that others think are a little out there.  But when I started thinking about this pattern of expectations, I began wondering what has happened since.

Why are we not filled with expectations anymore?

When you say that you are looking for a sign from God, people act like you’ve lost your mind.

Why?

God clearly gave signs back then and He can definitely give them now.

I’m starting to think that maybe, just maybe, we should try living with some expectations.  After all, we are to ask, seek, and knock (Luke 11:9)… and isn’t that living with expectation?  We have the hope, which is the expectation, of being answered.

Perhaps we just need to be more specific with God and stop worrying about what others will think.

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