He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” Isaiah 53:3 (ESV)

When Jesus came to earth, people were hoping and looking for a warrior. They wanted a liberator, one who would set them free from Rome. Jesus’ first coming did not look like what they expected! He came as a suffering servant (Isaiah 53), as the savior of the world (1 John 4:14), and because of that many missed His day of visitation!

We still have faulty expectations about what God is going to do! Wrong expectations can cause us to miss what is right in front of our eyes! An expectation is a strong belief that something is going to happen in a specific way. But expectancy is a state of thinking, hoping, believing something, usually good, is about to happen. With expectations we put limits upon what we think is going to happen, that is we define it, and when something does happen, but it is outside these parameters, we miss it. Expectancy is simply a sense that something, not necessarily defined, is going happen. So when it does, and it is outside our box, we are able to discern it, and embrace it! There is much prophetic chatter regarding what is about to happen. It is expressed in terms like unprecedented, unconventional, unknown, and unusual.

Empty yourself before the Lord. Tell Him that you give Him permission to do whatever He wants in your life, in your family, in your church and in our nation so that we can see and receive what He does. Surrender your expectations to Him, and ask Him to increase your expectancy of what He is about to do in our world. Ask Him for eyes to see things that are outside of your viewable area. Tell Him that you do not want to miss what He is going to do (even already doing) because it was outside your box of understanding. Thank Him that you are alive for such a time as this!