trACker number390 Lets Be Ever Expectant of God but Expect Nothing
by Dudley Anderson
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17 February 2012
Dear God Tracker
Let’s Be Ever Expectant of God but Expect Nothing
The traffic was particularly bad that morning as we inching along the dual carriage way. I stared helplessly at the steam streaming from the exhaust of the car in front while we crawled toward the traffic lights. “You know,” I said to my colleague who I shared lifts with to work, “I think God wants us to be expectant of him. I think he desires to bless us beyond our wildest imagination but we just don’t expect him to do it. And when we do finally come round to anticipating his touch, we expect him to do things our way! It just doesn’t figure. I think we need to be ever expectant of God but expect nothing; expecting him to move but by his own wisdom. It’s A bit like that steam coming from that exhaust over there. We expect it to come out of the tailpipe but we can’t determine in which direction it will blow once it leaves.”
My workmate and I were talking about prayer and how sometimes we think God doesn’t desire to meet our needs or perhaps, it’s just “not his will” to answer our prayers. For instance, so often we find ourselves praying things like, “Lord if it’s your will, heal my sister of cancer.” If it’s his will?! Of course it’s God’s will to heal! The Bible is very clear about God’s will on healing: “by his wounds we are healed,” (1 Peter 2:24); and “prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up,” (James 5:15). However, it is how and when that healing comes that is subject to God’s sovereign purpose. But, rest assured, if we believe then healing will come.
Don’t we often become so intent on prescribing to our God how he should do things and how he should answer prayer? I often find myself praying and instructing God on the science of healing or the mechanism of miracles. I seem to forget that God knows a little more about the laws of nature or the techniques of his own super-nature than I do! After all, God is God and I am not. So, dear God Tracker, let’s be ever expectant of God but expect nothing.
God-tracking is living expectant of God.
Keep the faith
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes.
“When we ask for God’s blessing we’re not asking for more of what we could get for ourselves, we’re crying out for the wonderful, unlimited goodness that only God has the power to know about or give us.” --- Bruce Wilkerson
Don’t Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Asking According To Your Will
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
“Lord I am sorry for two things today: 1.) for lack of faith in that I have low expectations of you and your power, and 2.) that I often expect you to do answer my prayers my way. I now see that it’s only by your word that I will know your will. So help me to read and absorb your word; help me to remain in your word and your word to remain in me so that when I ask you to meet a need I will be asking according to your will! Therefore, I now pray, O Lord my God, that you will bring healing where healing is due; that you will bring deliverance where deliverance is needed and that you will meet every financial and material need in my life and the lives of my loved ones according to your good pleasure. I have faith in you that you are true to your word. Thank you for answered prayer. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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