My job is built on expectations.
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Pregnant women are often said to be "expecting" because they are looking toward that day when their baby will be born and placed in their arms. They aren't said to be "hoping" because the delivery is pretty much a certain thing, even if the pregnant woman would rather avoid it. In approximately nine months, or as we count it, forty weeks, a baby will come. It is just about inevitable.
There is another One who is expecting and His expectation cannot and will not be thwarted.
"But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God;
From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.
For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
The Lord Jesus Christ, having accomplished that for which He came to earth, having offered that "one sacrifice for sins for ever," is now at the right hand of God the Father waiting, "expecting till His enemies be made His footstool". It is not something that might occur, it is something that absolutely will occur and the Lord Jesus is "expecting" it.
We can expect it, too. Sometimes it seems like the enemies of our Lord -- and our enemies, too - are winning in this world. Don't be fooled.
My son was telling us the other of a friend of his who had been to see the movie "The Hobbit," based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. My son said he hadn't seen it yet, so his friend said, "I won't tell you about it and spoil it for you."
My son just laughed as he said, "I know how it turns out, I've read the book." Actually, he read the book as a young boy and has probably read it several times since then. The plot and the ending would not be a surprise to him.
No more should the plots and endings we see unfolding before us be a surprise to us because we have "the Book" as well, the Holy Scriptures of God, and we can read and re-read it until it is as familiar to us and the Tolkien stories are to my son.
So be expectant, look up...our Lord is expecting and we should be expecting with Him.
"And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up, and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh."