The word, expect, is an action word, a verb. When you expect, you are in anticipation that something is going to transpire. The dictionary defines it as to look for as likely to occur. When a woman is pregnant we say she is ‘expecting’. Another definition is to wait the birth of.
Expectation is synonymous with faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” When we walk in faith, we walking with an expectation that the very thing we are trusting God for will occur.
You see the crowds would not have gathered if they didn’t believe that Jesus was coming. But they did! They had an expectation, a belief or faith that He would soon be there. Because of that hope they gathered.
We need to have an expectation or faith that God is going to come when we ask. Hebrews 11:6 says, “that without faith its impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those that earnestly seek Him”. When we have faith, even though we don’t see what we are hoping for we can begin to move toward that very desire. Why? Because we are looking for something that is likely to occur just like these crowds described in the bible.
Just like a pregnant woman prepares for a baby and then is waiting, as we wait for God to come and move in our midst, lets be expecting him to do great and marvellous deeds in our midst.