God alone is my Expectation

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God alone is my Expectation


As we grow in Christ there are things that the Lord teaches us in order to wean us from everything that detracts us from trusting in Him alone. Our Father in His love and faithfulness is dedicated to show us that He alone is to be our constant expectation. Every other object of expectation for our happiness will only disappoint us because it is not a worthy object of belief. Our Father alone owns all our ways and ordains all our steps and we have no idea what the next moment of His plan holds for us.

In other words, the Lord alone is absolutely sovereign over all the details of our lives. Therefore we should not presumptuously allow our plans and goals to supplant God’s will as our ultimate expectation in every area of our life.

Jas 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;

Jas 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what isyour life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Jas 4:15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

Jas 4:16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

You will only discover absolute peace and happiness in praying that your God will make Himself i.e. His will your moment by moment expectation.

II Sam.15:26 “Let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”

Psa 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone that God alone should be our expectation. And we will also learn that the Lord test us to show us the utter futility of trusting in any other source of expectation for our happiness. We become discouraged and disappointed when God is not our expectation. When God causes His sovereign will to be the center and circumference of our life then and only then will we not become discouraged or disappointed with all the test God brings into our lives.

1. Does God put things in your life and then take them away to discourage you or to crush your dreams and vanquish your hopes? God will take away things in our lives to test us in order to demonstrate to us that our expectation is not in Him but in our tireless efforts or flawless plans or in some persons’ great ability to accomplish our goals other than God alone.

Sarah’s expectation was not in God alone to give her the promised child from God but her efforts and plans. Sarah failed her test. Her expectation was in her effort not in God’s sovereign plan for her life.

(Abraham saved 75 years/Sarah saved 65 years; lived in land of Canaan 10 years – 85 years/75 years; Abraham – 99/Sarah -89 at Issac’s birth-24 years later!; died-Abraham 175/Sarah 127)

Gen 15:4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.”

Gen 16:1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar.

Gen 16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing children. Please, go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

Gen 16:3 Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan.

Gen 16:4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became despised in her eyes.

Gen 21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.

Gen 21:10 Therefore she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namelywith Isaac.” Sarah did not apply

Psa 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.

Psa 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

Psa 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, Andmy refuge, is in God.

Psa 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

2. When we wait on the Lord alone as our expectation we are proclaiming our complete trust and total dependence on Him as our sovereign, loving Lord over all areas of our life. Waiting on the Lord means that we have a confident expectation that He will keep His Word. Therefore we can have total trust and complete dependence on Him to take care of us.

Psa 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

Psa 25:3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;

Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Psa 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fretit only causesharm.

Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.

Psa 37:34 Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Psa 39:7 “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

Psa 52:9 I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

Psa 69:3 I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—

Psa 104:25 This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great.

Psa 104:26 There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there.

Psa 104:27 These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season.

Psa 104:28 What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.

Psa 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.

Isa 8:17 And I will wait on the LORD, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him.

Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Jer 14:22 Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait for You, Since You have made all these.

Lam 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul whoseeks Him.

Lam 3:26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.

Hos 12:6 So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

Mic 7:8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.

Zep 3:8Therefore wait for Me,” says the LORD, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All My fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy.

Pro 20:24 A man’s steps are of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?

Pro 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Pro 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.

Pro 19:21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

Php 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

3. The Lord wants His children to put Him first i.e. to seek His kingdom and righteousness first and then believe that He will take care of all our needs for His glory and our good.

Mat 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Mat 6:32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For yourheavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

Mat 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Mat 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Mat 21:22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, (not begging)you will receive.”

Psa 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Psa 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

Psa 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen therighteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.

It is not that your heavenly Father needs to be motivated or coaxed into meeting your needs. We are His blood-bought, beloved children the eternal object of His grace and mercy. His desire is to supply our every need but He wants us to seek Him first so that our motives are godly and not focused on our on self-centered desires. He wants our desires and expectations to be in harmony with His will for our lives so that it glorifies Him and not us.

Jas 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Php 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Php 4:11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

Php 4:12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.

Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Php 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

2Co 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as beingfrom ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, I Cor.4:7 And what do you have that you did not receive?

Lam 3:22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

Lam 3:23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

Psa 62:5 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.

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