Expecting Great Things From God

As many of your know, my wife and I are expecting a baby any day now. Stephane is very ready and we are excited for the new addition to our family. As I was pondering this, I was reminded of Joshua 3:5 where it says, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Most people would agree that there is a certain “wonder” involved in the birth of a baby. The biologist will tell you that Stephane and I had a role to play in the creation of this child (and they would be right), but ultimately, God is the giver of life (1 Timothy 6:13).

I have a sneaky suspicion that many Christians are not expecting wonders from God. They know that from time to time (such as the creation of a baby) God does great things and performs wonders, but those times are far and few between, at least in their own lives. I want to suggest just the opposite. With God, the miraculous is simply His normal mode of being and acting. The Triune God holds all things together (Colossians 1:17) and there is nothing that God cannot do (Jeremiah 32:17).

With that in mind, let me make it personal. Christian brother or sister, are you expecting great and wonderful things from God….today, tomorrow, and every day? Here are a few of the ways God can and will do wonders among us:

  1. Are you expecting God to do wonders in terms of bringing salvation to those around you who don’t know Jesus? The miracle of regeneration (being born again) is the miracle of all miracles and God can use your words and actions to bring in a harvest of souls.
  2. Are you expecting God to do wonders in terms of your own sanctification? That secret sin that you have been battling for years can be defeated when you place it at the foot of the cross and rely on the Spirit’s power.
  3. Are you expecting God to do wonders in terms of answering prayer? Perhaps you have been praying for something or someone for a long time. My advice – keep praying. Labor in prayer and know that God will answer it according to His sovereign will.
  4. Are you expecting God to do wonders in terms of blessing you and your family? I am not talking prosperity gospel here. I am simply referring to God taking care of your daily needs and even allowing you to be a blessing to those around you.
  5. Are you expecting God to do great things in terms of bringing His redemptive plans to completion? Each day brings us one day closer to eternity and to the New Heaven and the New Earth (Revelation 21-22). We are a very small part of God’s redemptive narrative, but nonetheless, the return of Christ is our “blessed hope” as Christians (Titus 2:13).

As you might have guessed, this is not an exhaustive list. There are all kinds of ways that God is at work and doing “wonders” among us. I hope we are not too busy and caught up in our own agenda to miss these wonders and fail to give God the glory. It all starts with “expecting” great things from God. God would not be God if He did not dwell in the realm of the miraculous and do wonders each and every day. To expect anything less from God would be a mistake.

So get ready Christian, and “consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” This is exciting!

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