Psalm 62:5 NLT “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
When God delivered the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt, one of the very first things that God had to train them in was in accepting Him, Yahweh, as their only source. The very first commandment He gave them was, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut.6:4). Then in the Ten Commandments, we hear God say, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exo.20:3). The first was to affirm that though there will be an unfolding in the knowledge of the triune nature of God, it was one God they worshiped. Israel had come out from a culture where the people worshiped a pantheon of Gods, and this was not to be the same for them. In the Ten Commandments, this same concept is reinforced, Israel was to have no other God, but their expectation was to be set on Yahweh.
God took them through the wilderness for a purpose; He humbled them by causing them to hunger and then feeding them with manna, to teach them that “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Their clothes did not wear out, neither did their feet swell (Deut. 8:3-4). In the wilderness, they had to set their expectation on God for all their needs. There was nothing else to lean on. Given the human condition, at some point they made their own idol, and God judged them for it (Exo.32).
God’s desire is that you and I set our expectation on Him. To do this you must watch your thoughts. In the midst of your daily needs, how do you process what you expect? Are you thinking there’s a friend, uncle, parent or family member who will deliver you, or is your expectation on God to provide you a solution. God’s desire is that we look at Him only; He desires to be our sole provider. It is an active project to continually cast down thoughts that try to form idols, and we set our expectation on God. As you hope in God, you continually express this hope by your words. Keep His Word in your heart because it is by His Word we can expect in faith.
Scriptures to Meditate: Jer.17:6-8, Heb.6:19, Ps.27:14; 37:37 , Rom.4:17-21