• Dr. Ava S. Harvey, Sr.


OCTOBER 14, 2021

He’s coming Back- “ Anticipation ”

In 1979 there was a Heinz ketchup commercial that had a catchy jingle to it about how slow and precise the ketchup would slowly dispense from the bottle. The jingle ended with “Anticipation-it’s making me wait”. We all know all too well the feeling of waiting. Some of us are hitting the bottle on the bottom trying to force it out quicker but it takes its sweet time. Oh, but when it does ketchup lovers, the burgers, hot dogs, and French fries are just as anxious to have that added condiment poured out on it. The delightful tomato taste makes us feel like all is well with the culinary delight. We had to wait for it hence the anticipation.

Sometimes we even held the bottle downward as we fixed the rest of the burger until the ketchup came out right where we directed it. In this case, we had to do something.

There are many things in life we have to wait for. We wait with tiptoe anticipation because we have experienced it as being worth waiting for. We have seen others wait and receive. We have heard about how good whatever we are waiting for is going to be. We may even await the unknown because the one prior to was so good.

Another waiting that occurs in our lives today is waiting in anticipation of the next iPhone. Each one propels us to eagerly anticipate the next. We have this sense it’s going to be all that. In this example, we do not know all that we are getting with this upgrade but expect it to be able to give us all we need with the latest technology.

The question is, why can’t we wait with the same anticipation for God promises. We have to do something to get the desired effect that is needed before some of God’s promises are revealed. Spiritually, we have to repent.

Scripture Psalm 27:14 - "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." 3. 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. God is waiting for something. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." Here the keyword is repentance. While we wait for the goodness of God to show up and show out, we are required to do some things towards what we are waiting for. Repentance is NOT asking the Lord for forgiveness with the intent to sin again.

Repentance is an honest, regretful acknowledgment of sin with a commitment to change. Repentance leads us to cultivate godliness while no longer pursuing bad habits that lead to sin.

Imagine the joy God feels when He is in tiptoe anticipation of our Salvation. He has tipped the bottle/us over, poked and prodded, led, and guided us, and now all we have to do is pour out His goodness. We are waiting for greatness. While some may dread waiting, once we have reached the goal we understand the waiting. Isaiah 40:31 reveals “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isn’t that exciting? Have you ever seen an eagle soar? The peace must have as well how it stretches its wings seemingly effortlessly. When we repent that is exactly what we can do with God who strengthens us. We soar. God promises greatness for those who wait.

Let’s agree to wait when we have to and while we wait we come into repentance. We follow God’s will and way so that we may soar. Let us anticipate the great wonders of God’s promises. God promises us a lot with our repentance. He awaits our obedience in anticipation of our Salvation. What if like the ketchup jingle, God is thinking “they are making me wait. Let’s not make God wait any longer.

Rev. Chaplain Lillian Taylor

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