Grateful Expectation

So ever since we first heard about you we have kept praying and asking God to help you understand what he wants you to do; asking him to make you wise about spiritual things; and asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better.

We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens - always full of the joy of the Lord, and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light. For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan's kingdom and brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who bought our freedom with his blood and forgave us all our sins. Colossians 1:9-14 (TLB)


Lilian Nwanze Akobo lives in Meath, Ireland. For a few years, she had to wait for God to heal her son. Some days her faith had been strong, and she felt fired up. On others, she let fear creep in and cause her to doubt and then slip into deep sorrow. She continued with this cycle of highs and lows until she found the scripture above from Colossians.

In this passage, Paul prayed that the believers in Colossae would be strengthened with patience and joyful long-suffering. The word "patience" refers to being able to accept or tolerate delay without getting angry or upset. It can also mean cheerful or hopeful endurance. Paul was acknowledging that at times heaven will be silent and we will have to wait.

As difficult as it may sound, God wants us to wait with an attitude of joy. The scripture suggests to Lilian that while we wait for an erring child to come back home, we can rejoice. While we pray for our spouse to show up, we can rejoice. While we wait for a baby to be conceived, we can rejoice and give thanks to God who has already given us far greater blessings than what we desire for the future. And while we wait, God is right beside us.


Prayer: Dear Father, strengthen us so we can wait patiently with a sense of grateful expectation, in Jesus' name, amen.


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