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Great Expectations
by Elder Lynn Stapleton

As a Christian and a believer in God, I am convinced that it pleases the Lord for His people to have great expectations of Him. It is the responsibility of every believer to exalt and praise the Lord. Our great expectations of His power and goodness is one way of fulfilling that responsibility.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good." I can see in this verse a simple illustration of the farmer, having sown his seed, waiting anxiously for the harvest. But I also see the image of a man standing before a gracious God with his arms outstretched having great expectations that the Lord is going to fill his hands with good things.

"Just as the farmer plows his fields and sows the seed with the expectation he will receive a good harvest, we as Christians can expect a similar harvest spiritually."

It is God's good pleasure to bless His people. God's word promises great blessings to those who serve Him.
Galatians 6:7-8 reveals that we may expect to reap according to the nature of things we sow. " Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." We may also expect a harvest equal to the quantity of what is sown. "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully, shall reap also bountifully." (2 Cor. 9:6)
Most everyone has planted seeds in the ground and watched for those seeds to germinate and grow. There is hardly anything more lifeless looking than a dried and wrinkled seed, yet knowledge and experience have taught us to expect good things to grow out of them. The wisdom of God is apparent in the creation of those tiny seeds from which we obtain much of what we eat. From the beginning, God has given us powerful object lessons about faith. After years of sowing in faith and reaping bountifully, we have reason to have great expectations.
The same is true of spiritual things. Jesus taught His disciples with parables using real and familiar life experiences. Matthew 13 contains the Lord's parable of the sower and the parable of the wheat and tares. Both of them teach us about the nature of sowing and reaping.
When I was a little child, my mother took my brother and me out into the yard and helped us prepare a small garden spot. She put some Indian corn in our little hands and showed us how to plant it. The next day we looked to see what had grown from the seed and there was nothing. After several days of looking and seeing nothing my brother and I began to ask when will it ever come up. She told us to be patient and reassured us that the seed was good and would soon begin to grow. We were elated when we saw the first shoots of corn coming through the ground.
God has done nothing less for us. He has demonstrated again and again that we can sow with confidence and look for good harvests. As Believers in God, confidently sow your seeds in the morning, and in the evening come boldly before His throne with outstretched hands and GREAT EXPECTATIONS!