Here we are at day 25! It is hard to imagine before The 40 that we could be so far in and a little over two weeks from completing the commitment God has placed in our hearts. The spiritual benefits that come from the daily overcoming of obstacles to remain faithful in worship to The King of The Universe will one day astound us all. Never give in to the fleshly desires now in exchange for the eternal reward that is being built up for you and everyone around you. Let’s press on and press in together.
By this time, the weight of the impossible has probably tried to crush you or in the very least discourage you. Several people have indicated to me this week that they were worried about me physically. One even said that I was crazy and out of my mind. However, as long as we are partnered with Jesus and what He has for us, I would rather be walking in the mind of Christ than my own mind.
It should not be a surprise to any of us that trusted spiritual and especially worldly influences around us do not understand the depth of what is taking place. The God of great grace and mercy has called us out, or we have submitted to Him out of worship, in order for the impossible to take place. When God moves, it is not understood completely by the most spiritual people we could ever think of. We desire the perfect grace and mercy of God to be made manifest in us, our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, regions, and nations. As much as we think we may understand Him and His ways, we do not.
It is evident, that hunger and expectation has the ability to change the situations around us. The woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-48) only wanted to get close enough to touch Jesus’ garment. She did what was illegal and could have gotten her stoned to death by pushing, maybe even crawling, through a crowd of people and just to put her “unclean” hands on Jesus. It was her hunger and expectation that drove her to do what others would not. This was the faith that healed and restored her. This is where we are today. We are all believing for the “impossible” things to happen for the glory of God!
But what if these things do not happen during or after The 40?
What if we go through The 40 and do not see anything change?
What if our hunger and expectation go seemingly unrewarded?
Take heart, my brothers and sisters, this will align us on the same level as one “after God’s own heart”, David. David was hand picked by the Lord and anointed to be king long before it actually happens. David has to live a life of character and actually doing the job of the king, like challenging Goliath, before he ever saw the promotion that God had anointed him for.
Eventually, David became king and did great for a while. However, it seems He had a weakness for women. Because David decided to give in to his weakness just one time, it led him to deception, adultery, murder, and pain. The prophet Nathan reveals that God has seen it all and finally David repents. What is the judgment for all of this sin? David’s recently born son would die. This is where we pick up in the scripture reading for today:
2 Samuel 12:15-16 And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
Even though David knew he deserved the judgment and punishment that God had said, he increases his expectation that God’s great mercy and grace is greater than his sin. David comes in humility, prayer, and fasting and cries out to God for mercy for his baby. He does this for 7 days until the baby dies. His servants do not even want to tell him that his baby has died because they are unsure what he will do when he finds out the worst has happened. David’s hopes, desires, and expectations for the life of his baby, because of the great mercy of God, are about to be crushed.
What will his response be?
I do not know what the physicians were telling him and Bathsheba, but God had told him the baby would die. That seems to be a very definite thing to me. Surely, trusted and godly people came in after a few days of prayer and fasting and felt the need to prepare him for the worst. There was no reason for him to expect that God would do anything different than He Himself had said. However, David increased expectation in The God of grace and mercy. Throwing himself at the feet of The Great Shepherd and walking through the valley of the shadow of death, David is rewarded with seemingly nothing. Here is David’s response when he finds out this baby is dead:
Vs. 20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.
He cleans himself up, puts on his best worship attire, and goes to The house of The Lord and worships. Great expectations unmet did not crush David and cause him to turn away, but causes him to be able to praise through the pain of unmet expectation. This does not make sense to anyone and they ask him about it:
Vs. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
His expectations and prayers were unmet, and he chose to worship and adore God anyway because he knew His God. The Great God of Mercy and Grace was still the same whether David got what he desired or not.
Vs. 22-23 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
David knew the value in hunger and increasing expectation to work mighty things in the heavenly realm. It had not happened the way he wanted. However, because of a right heart of hunger and expectation to pray the greatest prayer he could think of, he was prepared to praise even through the pain.
Immediately after this, Solomon is born and God names him Jedidiah which means beloved of the Lord. David’s hunger and expectation caused a blessing to take place that was not the way David prayed or wanted, but came about at a different time and different way. This is the kind of hunger, expectation, and faith that I want! No matter the difficulties, trials, and impossibilities that we bring to the Lord during this time, may we all increase our hunger and expectation to see the impossible made manifest into reality. Even if these things do not take place how we want or think they should, we must pray for the best and cry out to God. Today, increase your hunger and expectation and may this increase your worship through both met and unmet expectations.
Jesus, increase my hunger and expectation today. I want to have faith for the impossible miracles to take place no matter what I see or hear. Help me to trust You to bring about the greatest good as my expectations are increased, and I cry out to You for the greatest good. Help me to never be discouraged or back down from believing the best no matter what I may see with my eyes or hear with my ears.
- Take a good look at what you are praying for.
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you increase expectation and hunger to believe in the greatest possible good
- Ask for strength, grace, and mercy for the faith to continually believe for the impossible
- Ask for worship and fresh faith to replace discouragement or unbelief that tries to come in
Be blessed with an exponential increase of expectation and hunger to continuously believe for what seems impossible to man. May all discouragement and unbelief be replaced with worship and even more increased expectation because of new revelations of The Great God of Mercy and Grace in your life!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!