Rose was a widow who lived in West Palm Beach. Many of us college students visited her. My friend Mike told me how one evening he popped in on Rose at dinner time and she invited him in. They visited a few moments in her kitchen until he noticed her kitchen table was set for two.
“Oh Rose,” he said, “I didn’t realize you were having a guest for dinner. I will scoot out.”
She put her hand on his arm, stopping him and told him she always set two places at her table ever since her husband died over 30 years earlier. Mike assumed the second place setting was to remind her of her late husband and he commented about how sweet it was that she remembered him in that way. Rose quickly corrected my friend saying, “Oh, no. I set a place at my table every evening for Jesus. I sit with Him, listen to Him and expect Him to be with me.”
Rose saved a seat at her table for Christ. We save seats at theaters and restaurants. Why do we do that? Because we anticipate someone showing up and filling that chair. Have you ever saved a seat for God?
Today, expect God to be with you today He promised you His Presence.
Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” and His promise is sure. But, rather than just glossing over that truth and assuming His presence is with you, expect Him to be.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
Assuming is passive, expecting is active. Anticipate how He will show you He is with you today. Look for Him. Talk to Him as if He is walking with you, sitting with you and conversing with you.
If you can, set another plate at your table to remind you He is with you and you expect Him to be. At your work, if possible, place another chair next to yours while you work.
Do as many tangible things as you can to help remind you to expect Him today.
I am “Expecting God” to do great things in your life. Tomorrow we will add another letter to BELIEVE.
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