20 I will even betroth you to Me in stability and in faithfulness, and you shall know (recognise, be acquainted with, appreciate, give heed to, and cherish) the Lord. 21 And in that day I will respond, says the Lord; I will respond to the heavens [which ask for rain to pour on the earth], and they shall respond to the earth [which begs for the rain it needs], 22 And the earth shall respond to the grain and the wine and the oil [which beseech it to bring them forth], and these shall respond to Jezreel [restored Israel, who prays for a supply of them].
I have been a believer for quite a while. I also happened to go to a church where we were taught the Word in all it’s ramifications-cultural, Greek, Hebrew, etc. So I have a generally good understanding of the Word. It is easy to think there is not much that is new. So I am always pleasantly surprised when I come across scriptures I seem never to have read before even though I have read through the entire Bible more than a few times.
That is how I felt when I recently came across today’s text in the Amplified Version. I read other versions and understood why this particular version seemed like a great discovery. You see, I am in a season in my life when I am walking in faith concerning certain areas of my life. The Spirit of God had been talking to me about being actively expectant. Then I came across these verses and I realised that expectation is the tool through which faith operates.
The expectations in the cycles of life is what makes life happen. That is what we call faith. So in our text, the heavens ask for and expect the rain, so the clouds form. The earth asks for and expects the rain, and the rain falls. In response to the grain and the wine and the oil which are all asking and expecting to sprout, the earth yeilds. All these are in response to Jezreel who is asking and expecting a harvest on which their survival in this season depends. An amazing cycle. I would call it the cycle of life. But see what keeps it going-the cycle of expectation. If there is no expectation then there is not enough power to ensure that each step in the cycle actually takes place.
I saw the power at work and began to understand why I must have an expectation if my faith is to deliver any results. The only challenge for me is that the things I am believing for are so huge that I don’t know where to hinge my expectation. Then He taught me yet another lesson in project management. He said to me to break down my huge project into little things I can do everyday that will take me to the big place. Let me break it down.
I desire to build a family house in the next two years. My prayer point is this house by 2016. To build faith that will deliver this house, I must have expectation. However if I am operating from a place of not enough money to build a house, no connections, nothing, I already have a problem in what I am trusting God for.
However, if I break it down, my expectation at each point will bring it to me. So I break it down
-get professionals to design the house and put this design before me.
-get a piece of land and find out how much it costs
-get the money
-pay the land owner and get my documents
-clear the land
-get materials for the foundation and build it
-then the body of the house
-then the roof
-then the grounds
Before you know it, the house is done. That is how the cycle works. That is how God created the earth. At each stage, there is an expectation that brings it to life and ensures the next takes off. If you don’t break it down, to enable your mind engage in faith and expectation at each stage, you are unlikely to stay on track.
Why is that? You have an enemy who will distract you with the things he throws at you. This house project is a very visible one but it could be a simple one like, I want to build a closer knit family. If you don’t break it down to simple every day things and then place an expectation on the Lord for them, you will find that you are unable to get your desired results.
For me I had all these ‘projects’ that I was trusting God for and did not know how to take off. After my lesson I took each of them and broke them down. And all of a sudden, they all seem possible. I find myself feeling more actualised because more things are getting done and falling in place for me.
My expectation is active everyday, all the time, my every waking moment. I speak them every morning and hit the road expectant, positive, confident and sure that God will meet me. It has been a liberating experience. I can actually see and feel my faith in action. That is what helps me stay on track. I know God can fast track things and I really pray and hope He does. However, I find solace and comfort in knowing that my faith and expectations can build my dreams and bring them to life.
If you are like me, big dreams and visions to accomplish and not being sure how to go about them, then break them down to manageable expectations and work from there. The Lord will meet you every step of the way. That’s just the way He is-faithful. He will not leave you to yourself. That is what makes Him Father. Bless you. Ck