All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is by his great mercy that we have been born again,
because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Now we live with great expectation
1 Peter 1:3 NLT
Do you live life with great expectations only to have them crumble right before your very eyes more times than you care to count?
We have all lived with great expectations that turned out not to be so great. Here are a few of mine:
I graduated from college with a great expectation for immediately finding an amazing teaching job that would fulfill my dream in the sixth grade.
I got married with a great expectation for selflessly serving each other solely because of our love for one another.
I became a mom with a great expectation for conquering potty training with minimal struggles and experiencing all my babies sleeping through the night because I said so.
Waiting for or looking forward to something we believe is going to happen is an expectation, according to dictionary.com. But when our expectation doesn’t happen, we experience disappointment.
So, how can we know if our expectations are unrealistic and leading to inevitable disappointment?
Make sure your expectations are filtered through God’s promises with His character as the backdrop for your heart and mind while regularly digging Deeper Still in His Word with unwavering discipline.
Great expectations are eternal expectations that originate from time spent in God’s Word and collide head-on with His promises which are rooted in His character. Great expectations will not disappoint because God can only be who God is and He is faithful to keep His Word. But, we must know it.
Is it time to restructure your expectations?
Here are three steps leading you through the restructuring of your current expectations or guiding you toward new ones.
- Pursue God’s promises as you explore your expectations. Trusting fully in God’s faithfulness to keep His Word.
- Hold on to God’s character as you consider your expectations. Seeing clearly that expectations, not consistent with God’s character, are doomed from the start.
- Desire His Word as you set new expectations. Believing His Word never returns void and will never disappoint. His Word can be, should be, and must be trusted beyond any promised expectation from this world.
Look at the expectations you have in your heart and mind. Measure these expectations against God’s promises, His character, and His Word. Then, restructure your expectations into great expectations, in Jesus’ Name.
Restructuring expectations into Godly expectations is Living Deeper Still.
Your laws are wonderful. No wonder I obey them!
The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.
I pant with expectation, longing for your commands.
Psalm 119:129-131 NLT