Expectations: we all have them. We go to a doctor’s appointment and we ‘expect’ to be seen on time. We ‘expect’ people to treat us fairly and honestly. We work hard and long with the expectation that our work will be rewarded by a raise in pay or a promotion. And here is the big one: We serve God, read the Bible, attend church and do all the “Christian things” and you would ‘expect’ life to go your way.
The Bible has plenty of examples of peoples’ expectations that were not fulfilled. Take Moses for example. He knew without a shadow of a doubt that God had called him to deliver the Children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. He killed an Egyptian that was abusing an Israelite slave and he “assumed” (expectation) that this would endear him to the people. WRONG! For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. Acts 7:25.
We expect good to be rewarded and evil to be punished. Unfortunately, it is not always so. But the bottom line is this: HOW DO YOU RESPOND WHEN YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT FULFILLED? This is a very crucial question because your response often determines your destiny.
- People get married and they bring all their expectations with them. Many are unrealistic expectations. What do you do when your mate does not live up to your expectations?
- A Pastor or Church leader fails you, hurts you and disappoints you. You had expected more of them!
- Your boss shows favoritism and gives the promotion you rightly deserved to another. Do?
Many people do not handle these situations well. There are two basic ways you can respond. 1] You can get angry, bitter, seek revenge, depressed, withdrawn. etc. 2] You can turn your disappointment and hurt over to God. Realizing He is in control and has allowed this to come into your life for a reason even though you might not understand.
Remember Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”