Godly Expectations

Godly expectations 9.28

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.
~William Shakespeare

I think Mr. Shakespeare might be right if we were to look at expectations in the earthly sense.

Over the last few weeks we’ve addressed how to deal with people’s expectations of us in ministry. Knowing how God feels about us helps us find courage and freedom to live out the unique roles and talents He’s placed in us.

This week I want to visit the things we can expect. God wants us to have hope, to find joy in His plan and purpose for our lives. His Word speaks truth to us as we try to live in this temporary home, with a permanent address in heaven. What can we hope in? What does His Word say is worth expecting?

Let’s visit I Peter 1:3-4. It says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,”

We can land here for a long time! Talk about good expectations….these verses remind us that we can expect:

1. God’s great mercy,

2. New life

3. His living hope,

4. To receive an inheritance,

5. An inheritance that will never fade,

6. We are going to heaven!

Overall, while earthly expectations lead to a feeling of overwhelmed, exhaustion, and discouragement, Godly expectation leads to life, freedom, and a hope of eternity with Him! Hope and expectancy in Him if life giving! It is sustaining, it is positive, and it is refreshing!

How our perspective can change from being chained to earthly expectations to transformed by the hope and expectancy God gives through His words. It’s His Word that changes us!

Take this list and jot it down on a sticky note. Put it in your planner, next to your speedometer, or on your freezer door. God wants us to expect things from Him…He is the only one who can perfectly deliver.

You will never be disappointed when it comes to God living up to your expectations. How we wish we could be the same!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

We can expect God to do just what He says He is going to do.

He fulfills all expectations!

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