What Did You Expect?

In His Word, 10-3-11
What did you expect?
When you came to Jesus? 
What did you expect?

Did you expect to be ‘Saved,’
--To be healed or cleansed?
Did you expect to be delivered?
And made whole again?
How did you find Him?
Did you look in a book?
Or was He under the table,
Under the bed? In the nook?
What did you ask for?
That’s what you received,
His love, His direction, His pardon…
No fees!

For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. James 5:10-11

“A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed. And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. When the son of man will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel…” Matthew 10:21-23

I was wondering today what we expected when we came to the Lord.
I wondered because I was reading in Mathew about the disciples and Jesus being in a boat and a big storm came up.

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm stuck the lake with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up shouting, “Lord save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-37

They cried out to Jesus, who was asleep, “Wake up and save us!”
And when He did they were amazed that he spoke to the wind and waves.
I wondered—what did they expect him to do? Row them to shore? Bail water out of the boat? Maybe they thought he would give them some advice on how to swim?
Seriously, what did they expect?

Then I started thinking, what I expected recently when I prayed for a need to be met and it was; I was so amazed that my prayer was received!
Or when I asked God to heal my torn shoulder a few years back, and He did?
Or when I prayed for my son to get a job, and he got one; not where I would have chosen miles wise but he got one just the same.
When we take the time to pray we need to know what we are wanting as an outcome. We need to know what God will do, and then trust that that is what will happen.
Why? Because we pray the prayer of faith!
How? By trusting Him we exhibit our faith in Him and He sees that faith and knows that we will receive what He is doing in our lives through this blessing of an answered prayer.
He tells us in Matthew 11 to take His Yoke upon us. This means He will direct us where we should go, sure there will be a burden but it will not be heavy because we trust Him to guide us. You know when an ox or horse gets caught up in the yoke they can stumble and we all know what they did to horses when they stumbled and fell. Thank God when we stumble he gets us back up and reattaches us to the Yoke and allows us to follow where He is directing us. It allows us to pull the equipment that is too hard for us to put on our back alone. The Yoke adjusts the weight of our burdens that they will be miraculously lightened. Then we can plow the soil of our life and make it ready.
Jesus answers our needs, He supplies our wants, and gives us the desires of our heart. Why are we so surprised when He answers in a supernatural way? Who do we think He is?
For that matter, look again at Matthew 8, they didn’t comment on the calmness that followed such a fierce storm, just that Jesus spoke to it and it listened.
Do we do the same thing? Do we enjoy the calm after the storm or are we so frantic wondering how He did it that we miss the peace that came?
When we take the Yoke we will accept Who He is. We will know that what He says, what He does is of the Father and we will know to follow whatever He tells us to do.
When the ground seems hard, or rocky, we can say to ourselves “no worries”. We can know that the peace and promise of the soft land will be there at the end; if just we endure the terrain.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to endure to the end that we will be saved in the storms. Help us to endure to the end of the trials we must live through and to keep our sights on You and Your direction in our lives. Help us to take Your Yoke upon us that the burden may be lessened. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading Matthew 10: 1-22, Matthew 11:1-30, Mark 13:1-37, and Matthew 24:1-51

In His love,
Teresa M. Wilson

Copyright © 2011
by Teresa M. Wilson.

Rom 8:24-25
For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.