Sometimes when you’ve had a series of disappointing things happen, you can get in the habit of expecting more of what you already have.
I used to be like that. My motto was, “If you don’t expect anything good to happen, then you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t.”
But this isn’t how God wants us to live!
Because I was sexually abused as a child by my father, I grew up and became an adult who was really negative. Even after I had a strong relationship with God, I still struggled with this for a while.
Then one morning, I was standing in the bathroom and I remember noticing this evil presence around me. It wasn’t new…I realized I had always felt it. It made me think, What bad thing is going to happen next?
I asked God what this feeling was. He spoke to my heart and said, “Evil forebodings.”
Later, I found Proverbs 15:15, which says, All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances] (AMPC).
Once I read this verse, I realized what it meant. An ‘evil foreboding” is the fear of something bad happening when nothing was going wrong.
Then I looked back and saw how it affected me at different times in the past…
For example, the night Dave asked me to marry him, he said he needed to talk to me about something. I actually thought he was going to break up with me because I always expected the negative!
That’s exactly what Satan wants you to do. He wants you to expect something bad and to become fearful of the “what ifs.”
Fear is the opposite of faith, and it takes faith to accept anything good in our lives.
When I was expecting something bad to happen, my expectation was from Satan. If we are not careful, this expectation will open the door to Satan’s evil plans for our lives by waiting for bad things.
But when we expect good things, we open the door to God’s plans (see Lamentations 3:25).
God can’t wait to be good to you…
God is good. Everything He does is good and wonderful. In fact, God wants to do something outrageously wonderful in your life every moment of every day…but you have to be ready and expect it to happen.
Isaiah 30:18 (AMPC) says it perfectly: Therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you…. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him…
God is looking and longing for someone who’s waiting for Him to be good to them. God wants to be good to you, but you have to be expecting Him to move in your life!
Today is your day to start believing something good is going to happen to you! God is working in your life right now, and when you get your breakthrough, it will be the result of what God has been doing for a long time.
I’ve gotten into a habit of saying something almost every day of my life, and I encourage you to do the same. Declare:
“God is good, and something good is going to happen to me today!”
Whether you see it or feel it or not, keep praying and expecting because God is longing to be gracious and good to you!
Joyce Meyer Ministries, joycemeyer.org