Written by Guest Contributor Dora Lozano
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” 50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” John 1:43-50 (NIV)
There was a time in my life when I feared anticipating good things. I felt that if I got my hopes up that I would inevitably be disappointed. In these verses, Jesus gives Nathanael and us hope that we can anticipate seeing greater things. This is one of the characteristics of God; there are greater things to anticipate than what is immediately observed. The message for us is, “We haven’t seen nothing yet!” When we choose to live in anticipation of good things to come. Our trust will be in Him and we won’t be easily discouraged by our current circumstances.
What greater things are you believing for? What dreams are in your heart? Ask the Lord to reveal to you a safe person to share your answers to the questions above. The likelihood of success is greater when you have a partner standing with you to deflect the lies of the enemy.
Prayer: Lord, Help us to recognize and receive what you want to do in our lives. Thank you for reminding us to live with expectancy, to put our trust in you and to not be discouraged because of our current situations or prior life experiences. Guide us Lord to the greater things to come. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Guest Contributor Bio: Dora Lozano is a faithful follower of Christ living out her faith daily. Dora is the mother of two amazing children. The eldest is in their junior year at university. The youngest is in their sophomore year of high school. Dora has spent thirty years working in the California Community College system. Currently, Dora is an academic counselor for foster youth and homeless youth at a community college in Southern California. Dora’s personal mission statement is to “Love God, Do Good and Serve, Teach and Encourage Others”. Dora lives out her mission through her work and in her faith community where she serves on the usher team. Dora enjoys spending time with her children and her sweet puppy dog. As a family they enjoy being loud and silly, listening to a wide variety of music, taking road trips, making popcorn and watching movies. Dora is honored to be a guest contributor on the devotional for Mary E. White Ministries.
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