My little, white, poodle-mix dog, Blitz, has been trained to sleep in a crate. But every evening, as I prepare for my night of slumber, he jumps up on my bed. I know he is hoping to avoid his nighttime fate by persuading me with some quality companion time. He will often crawl under the covers to just lie at my feet. He won’t move, even if I get up to change clothes, put things away, or simply mill around the room. But, the second he hears the water running, as I prepare to brush my teeth, he hops off the bed and goes into his crate. My wife brushes her teeth before me, yet he doesn’t move when she does. He has learned that my teeth being brushed is the last activity before the lights go out in the Ferguson household. So, when he hears that water running, he resigns himself to the inevitable – he heads to his crate. It is his routine; it is how he has been trained. It is what he expects.
My question to you today is, “What are you expecting?” As a Christian, I hope you view your walk with the Lord as much more than a routine. I hope your expectations for life are high. My reason for this hope for you: God always exceeds your expectations!
In Acts 3:1-11, the lame man who asked Peter and John for some money was expecting to receive something. Peter looked at him and said, “Look on us.” Little did that man know what was about to happen. He was expecting a coin; he received a miracle in his feet. He went walking and leaping and praising God. His expectations were low – God exceeded his expectations.
In Luke 5:1-11, Peter allowed Jesus to borrow his boat. After Jesus finished teaching from the boat He told Peter to launch out into the sea and let down his nets for an abundant haul of fish. Peter did so reluctantly because he and his crew had been fishing through the night and hadn’t caught anything. But out of his respect for Jesus, he launched out and let down one net – because he didn’t really know what to expect. He was amazed and somewhat ashamed, however, when he had to call his friends over to help him because he took in more fish than his boat alone could hold. Peter’s expectations were low – God exceeded his expectations.
In Genesis 17:1, God is called “El Shaddai.” The simple meaning of this name is “The God who is more abundantly.
In John 10:10, Jesus didn’t say that He came to give us life – He said that He came to give us life more abundantly.
In Ephesians 3:20, we are told that God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we could ask or think. It doesn’t just say exceeding, it doesn’t just say abundantly, and it doesn’t just say above. It says, exceeding, abundantly above. When researched, you find the full meaning of these words together is … superabundantly, above and beyond, and some on top of that! That is how God wants to work in every area of our lives: more than more than enough, above and beyond, and then, some more on top of that.
Today you might be satisfied with where you are, but God is not. He has not only you in mind, but He is thinking about your children and other people as well. Psalm 115:14 says, “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.” God doesn’t measure increase by the quantity of things possessed. He measures increase in growth. So, no matter how much you increase (grow), there is always room for more increase (growth).
God wants you to continually increase – superabundantly, above and beyond, and some on top of that. God increasing you and helping you get to where you are going is His idea. You don’ have to beg Him or convince Him to do it. It is His desire – it is His nature – it is who He is – the God of more than enough!