Great Expectations

How many of us place false expectations on others?  Sometimes the expectations are that someone will do good, sometimes the opposite.  Example:  Expecting new employees to catch on quickly and excel or expecting your new boyfriend or girlfriend to act like your last (or nothing like your last)?  Pastor Nick once said, and I hope I don’t misquote, “Disappointment comes from unmet expectations.”  When we place uncertain, unrealistic expectations on others, we are only setting ourselves up for disappointment.  People are fallible and they won’t always act exactly how we want them to act.  Circumstances change, people change, our opinions of people change.
Here is the good news…
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He is ever reliable.  We can trust in Him no matter what.  When it comes to God, I have no expectations.  No matter how bad it gets, He could exceed my every expectation and pull me right out.  Or He could leave me in the bad for a while so that I will grow and learn to trust in Him.  Either way, I know to expect certain things from God and not be let down.  Goodness, righteousness, love, justice.  These are just a few things that are guaranteed.  Expectations that will be met.

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  1. A few years ago I read that the definition of hope is putting our expectations on something. When we put our hope in God, it becomes more than a phrase of good luck or wishes, but it becomes the reality of saying “I put my expectations in God because He is capable.” Makes hoping a much bigger deal.

  2. The Word tells us that He offers the hope that does not disappoint. Humans will always let you down at some point or other, as the saying goes. Perhaps that is why God tells us not to judge one another harshly, but to speak the truth in love, and not to forget ourselves, our own need for forgiveness and understanding. Jesus spent a lot of time confronting the church leadership of the day for their snobbery, judgmentalism, and elitism. Perhaps what Jesus was trying to tell them is that placing your hope/expectations on anyone or anything but God and His love and grace will ultimately lead to failure for He is the source of everything good, as it says in James.

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