BY: LYNNE DYER
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
BIBLE TEXT: “For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our righteousness and right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope.” –Galatians 5:5 (Amplified Bible)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Remember the old ketchup commercial with Carly Simon’s “Anticipation” playing in the background? The guy lifts the ketchup bottle up, tips it over his plate, and waits expectantly for quite a few seconds (a very long time in commercial-land) until the most perfect blob of ketchup plops gloriously onto his hamburger. He isn’t just hoping he will get ketchup from his bottle; he knows he will. The ketchup is in the bottle, and he has turned it upside down so gravity can do his thing. The ketchup is going to come out eventually.
Anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time knows that God answers prayers in different ways – yes, no, or not yet. Sometimes answers come quickly, but often, God’s response takes even longer than the ketchup in the commercial. Delayed answers require us to wait. It’s important to note here that just as God has three possible responses to our prayers, we also have three responses as we wait - dread, give up, or anticipate.
Only one of our potential responses gives God the glory He deserves. If we dread the answer, we don’t trust who God is. Instead, we are afraid of how God might respond. We forget that God is good so His response will be good. If we give up, we deny God’s right to move in His own time. His timing is always perfect. On the other hand, when we anticipate, we glorify God. We joyfully await His answer because we know He is always right even when He says no or not yet.
Christians are called to be people of faith. We should anticipate every answer from God with joy. If we are going to dread the answer or give up before God responds, we might as well not pray in the first place.
Forgive me when I ask you to move in my life and then dread your answer or give up before You are ready to answer me. Increase my faith so I anticipate Your Goodness in every aspect of my life.
In Jesus’ Name,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynne, wife of Ronnie and mom of Rachel and Matthew, has been a citizen of Life Assembly for about six years. Now that her kids have graduated from high school, Lynne looks forward to a new chapter in her life which hopefully includes writing the great American novel.