Anticipation – Eager expectation of something good.
Expectations are powerful things. They affect how we think, how we act, and how we interact with the world around us. Expectations affect every aspect of our lives, and flow naturally from what we believe about our current reality. These beliefs come from what we have come to understand about how things work, and are greatly influenced by our past experiences.
Sometimes, when presented with new information, our expectations change. The first time I ever experienced the manifest presence of God changed me forever. That experience presented me with new information, greatly adjusted my perception of God’s reality, and my expectations changed accordingly.
When talking about Biblical or spiritual issues, it is important to be open to new information – a fresh revelation of what God intends for us to receive through Christ.
Just because we have not experienced something, does not mean it is not available to us.
Listen to the heart of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV, formatting mine).
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know:
1. The hope to which he has called you,
2. The riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and
3. His incomparably great power for us who believe.