Anticipation is hope on steroids. When we anticipate something, we are looking forward to it with excitement. We can’t wait until “it” happens, whatever “it” may be. Great examples of anticipation are children’s expectancy as they wait for Christmas morning, or their urgency heard as they travel in the repeated question “Are we there yet?” The delay feels distressingly unbearable, but Christmas comes when it comes, and the destination never moves closer; we must simply be patient as the hours allow us to approach. Finally though, all the agony of the wait is eclipsed when once Christmas morning dawns or we see the sign announcing, “Welcome to Wherever.” The anticipation then transforms into utter joy.
Such is the attitude of anticipation we are to exhibit as we wait to hear from God. The prophet Habakkuk writes, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected” Habakkuk 2:1 (NKJ). Are we watching, physically on the lookout, for what God has to say to us? Are we setting ourselves “on a rampart,” spiritually in a high watchtower from where we can lean in to hear what God has to say to us? Are we waiting with such bated breath that when God does speak, we joyously jump to obediently answer when we are corrected? Did He speak yet?
May we live with spiritual adrenaline pumping through our veins, ever anticipating God’s voice, and ever ready to obey as soon as He speaks.
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