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June 20 Devotion: Expectations


Acts 3:1-5 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. [2] And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; [3] Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. [4] And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. [5] And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Can you imagine being this lame man here in this story? He’s been lame since birth and has to be carried in order to get to the gate if the temple. He’s spent his entire life depending on others. Now as Peter and John come by he has and expectation of getting something. He would daily ask for alms, and most certainly his expectations were to get food or money this day as well. However, we know this day he received something far greater. Acts 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. He received the strength to get up and walk. I’ve heard it preached on, and I also have taught or preached on what are our expectations coming into the house of God each time. However, what are our expectations in our daily lives? Do you start your day with the expectation of sharing the Gospel with someone? Do you have an expectation of being an encourager somewhere throughout the day? Do you have any expectation of God using you in a mighty way in just your normal everyday walk? We can easily come to church each service expecting God to show up and do something great. Same as this lame man was taken to the gate each day with the same expectations each day. However, one day something far greater than the norm happened to him. We talk about being a Christian on days other than Sunday and Wednesday. The same should be said about our expectations of seeing God do something each day of our lives. You might not come in contact with someone everyday to share the Gospel with, but that doesn’t mean God can’t use you in a mighty way in another capacity during your daily routine. As you go about your day today keep an eye open for ways God might be trying to use you in someone else’s life. Start your day with the expectation that God can use you in a mighty way today!

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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