Expect the Unexpected

December 28, 2015

On the Day of Pentecost, a group of God’s people were gathered together in the Upper Room.

They were expecting the unexpected — they were expecting to be filled with the Holy Ghost.

What catches my attention about this story on the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts was that a group of God’s people had expected the unexpected. They waited steadfastly for days in prayer and fasting knowing that God was going to manifest His divine revelation to them. When you expect the power of God to work in your life, you begin to experience the unimaginable. When you begin to expect from God, His blessings are limitless.

A new awakening broke out on the Day of Pentecost ultimately because the people had their minds and hearts fixated on God and His endless power. Many times in our own human nature, we sell God short for the miracles that He can rightfully perform by His own omnipotence.  It is like the common go-to term, “God is able,” but do we really believe that as much as we may say that?  It sounds nice to hear, of course, but there is no significance in mere words.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” {Ephesians 3:20}

Can you imagine back in Bible days thousands of people in the synagogue speaking in other tongues? It wouldn’t come to my surprise that strangers walking by were in utter and total amazement wondering what this unusual, life-changing event was. Even how others in the surrounding area would all stop and stare with their eyes wide open. After the Day of Pentecost lives would never be the same, but forever changed. They had the Spirit of God living inside them. They no longer had to expect hopelessness, lifelessness, and the weight of sin.  God’s chosen people could expect the unexpected joy and blessings in life because His Spirit was living inside them.  

We too can expect the freedom of living with an anticipated inset to expect the supernatural from God.

Even in our humanity we have the privilege above all other privileges: a heavenly privilege of being amazed by God’s wondrous works in this life and the opportunity for Him to live inside our hearts. When we experience the darkest depression, the heaviest struggle, the most agonizing disease or illness, there is an almighty God who desires to fulfill all our needs by performing the greatest of miracles in our lives today.

“For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.” {II Corinthians 13:4}

Know that God is able to do the unimaginable in your life even in your weakest moments.  No matter the circumstance, our Heavenly Savior has provided and will provide you with His power to be an overcome above all things.  He awaits eagerly to leave you astounded just as His chosen people were on the Day of Pentecost. The closer you are with the Lord, the closer you are to stepping foot into the supernatural. Their actions were a mere reflection of their faith in God, they waited fervently and were passionately expecting the unexpected.

What if we waited as zealously with the same faith in prayer and supplication just as the ones who did on The Day of Pentecost for the unimaginable? What if we truly began to expect the unexpected to happen because of the power of God?

As we prepare for the new year and think forward to resolutions and what we would like to accomplish, let’s pray and have faith that 2016 will be the year to expect the unexpected!