I have to admit that I don’t have a strong track record in this area… and I have been slow to learn… but, In the midst of uncertain circumstances… I am working on cultivating a heart of trust. Focusing on elevating my expectations… Trying not to brace for the worst… but looking for promotion, upgrades and improvements. I want to keep my expectations rooted in who God is and not centered on the circumstances I’m walking through.
It would seem that my expectations are a barometer for my measure of faith. Low expectations indicates a low level of faith. What do I really expect to happen? Is God trustworthy? Can I convince my heart that He is? I need to remind myself of God’s creative nature… I need to remind myself that God spoke and the world came into existence. He creates things out of nothing. Therefore, I am not limited by the natural world and what it has to offer, or what I can manufacture through my own efforts.
Can I get comfortable walking by faith… and not relying on sight? Can I focus on the truths of Heaven… and not the truths in the world around me? Can I cultivate a more stable position of faith? After all “…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NASB
Can I cultivate a heart that is hopeful? Hope is the confident expectation of good. Can I dwell in that place?
What does cynicism and pessimism and doubt have to offer me?
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” Psalms 43:5 NASB
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalms 27:13-14 NASB
Yes and amen. May it be so.