Eager Expectation

When Paul sat in prison, writing to the Philippians, he did not despair at his circumstances. He wrote to his fellow believers:

“. . . and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:18-21, NIV) 

My people – I know that many of you feel apprehensive about the year ahead. I know that you look at the road set before you with trepidation and for some, a sense of loss. While you desire to hope, fear stops you in your tracks. I acknowledge today the wrestle you find yourself in.

It is a time, however, to rejoice despite, and indeed, in the midst, of your circumstances. Open yourself up to hope and expectancy as you place your trust in me. It is not frivolous or irresponsible to laugh and play in times that are heavy and stretching. Find your comfort in me, allowing me to come close, closer than you’ve allowed me to come before.

Remember – I am for you and I encourage you today to look at the days set before you with hope and expectancy. Let hope, peace, joy, and strength arise for I have fresh portions of each ready for you each morning. There is joy to be had in the journey if you will allow me to shine my light upon it.

Activation: Today, ask yourself if your heart is resting in a posture of hope and expectancy or fear and trepidation. If the latter, do not be hard on yourself, but pray for an increased capacity to rest in hope and expectancy. To further partner with this word, make the words of Nehemiah 8:10 (Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength)  a declaration over your life and speak these words over yourself until you can feel the truth of them sink-in. 

Psalm 119:5-6 (TPT)

How I long for my life to bring you glory as I follow each and every one of your holy precepts! Then I’ll never be ashamed, for I take strength from all your commandments. 

Psalm 119:14-16 (TPT)

I find more joy in following what you tell me to do than in chasing after all the wealth of the world. I set my heart on your precepts and pay close attention to all your ways. My delight is found in all your laws, and I won’t forget to walk in your words.  


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