Living with Expectancy

There was horrible drought during the ministry of Elijah that lasted three years. Imagine three years in your county with no water. It was devastating. Nothing grew. Stuff died. It was dusty and brown for a really long time.

Through it all Elijah remained expectant. Not once did he complain or whine to God. Toward the end of the drought he dug in and prayed for a downpour. He kept sending his servant to look for any sign of rain, not just once but seven times.

Notice 1 Kings 18:44-46, “And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’”  And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.  And the hand of the  Lord  was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Can you see the expectancy in Elijah? He never gave up looking for the breakthrough. On the seventh time the servant came back disappointed and discouraged, “All I see is a little cloud about the size of man’s hand.” Elijah’s response? “That’s it! Rain is coming!” We need to be expectant to help the ones who struggle with expectancy.

Also,don’t despise small things. We can look at small things, small beginnings and think, “God isn’t here. Look how small this is.” Small things become big things when we stay expectant. The little cloud became a torrential storm.

Elijah made the run for Jezreel to get out of the rain. He girded up his robe and the hand of the Lord came upon him. He ran with a sense of purpose, passing Ahab riding in his chariot.

Ahab was a cynic, a doubter. He was hard-hearted, slow to believe, and quick to doubt. His chariot wheels got bogged down in the mud, and Elijah ran by him to Jazreel.

When we live with a sense of expectancy we go farther in life. You’ve heard it said, “You don’t get what you expect. You get what you inspect.” That’s often true with people, but with God the reverse is true. With God we get what we expect. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29)

I love the sign the late evangelist Oral Roberts used to have on his desk. Right in the center was a plaque that read, “Expect a miracle.” I want to urge you today to expect greater things for your life, family, marriage, career, and church.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”