As sports fans, there is nothing like the hours and moments leading up to a big game. There is such anticipation and excited anxiousness to see what might happen.

Last Sunday’s start to the NFL season was especially filled with great suspense. We were hopeful in seeing the first glance at what our favorite teams look like in the regular season, and we were excited to watch a day of entertaining football games.

As I think about faith, I consider whether or not we bring that same kind of eagerness to our trust in God. Do we expect Him to speak to us or reveal Himself to us when we open His word or walk into church? Do we sit in suspense as we wonder how He might touch our hearts?

When we follow Jesus and interact with others, do we anticipate opportunities to share our faith or serve people? Do we experience excitement as we wait to see how He directs and guides our steps? Is our mindset filled with expectancy as we trust His answers to prayer and believe in His provision?

I believe hope and faith are attached to anticipation, and I know we can find joy and peace as we wait with that mindset. The Bible says in Psalm 5:3 (NLT), Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”

Colossians 4:2 (AMP) says, “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

God is actively working in and around us, so let’s open our eyes and hearts to anticipate what He’s trying to reveal and ways He’s trying to use us for His glory. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that you would fill me with great hope and faith as I wait with expectancy while anticipating You have something to show me or have ways for me to serve You. I thank you in advance for what You will do in and through me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.