Everyone has expectations. They are a part of our lives, and our approval or disapproval is linked to what expectations we’ve set. We are constantly assessing and grading everything we see. Restaurants, movies, work, leisure time, family, houses, cities, countries and more are gauged through the lens of our expectations. This is a powerful part of who we are. Our expectations cause us to strive to achieve, set goals and be better. The expectations we set determine whether we will receive greatness or settle for less.
Expectations are potent, and they can dictate our life’s course for the better or for the worse. For some, this has left a gaping hole in their hope because something or someone didn’t work out. For others, they soar to new heights, fueling their lives on what can be and should be.
In truth, this world of expectations is a mine field at best, since disappointment has slapped all of us in the face. Disappointment tempts us to lower our expectations. Sometimes this is good and needed but other times it can be deadly, causing us to slowly give up. We let go of what we hoped for and concede that ‘it’s probably not going to happen.’ Ultimately, that part of our life is gone, leaving missed moments and missed opportunities.
This also affects our faith! So many Christ followers give up on what they are believing for, and they settle for less or nothing at all. This is dangerous because our faith and beliefs are directly linked to our expectations. Therefore, if we are not careful, out faith will slowly be worn down, leaving us on the outside looking in.
However, our perception is not reality! God can’t fail, and He never stops doing good. He answers our prayers and moves on our behalf. He is faithful to stand with us in the good and in the bad, leading us to a life of fulfillment and peace.
“I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to Him, and He answered my prayers.”Psalm 120:1
Notice how He answers our prayers! This perspective gives us endurance and strength to walk in hope that our expectations will be met.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”Ephesians 3:20
This promises us that He works beyond our expectations as He works in us! How powerful! I challenge you to believe that He is answering your prayers. He is moving on your behalf for the best outcome you could imagine. This doesn’t necessarily mean fame and fortune, but it does mean peace and contentment.
What are you expecting today? Are you negative and downcast about something or someone that didn’t work out? Or are you seeing His hand working above and beyond what you have asked? Please do not underestimate the power of your expectations; it defines so much in your life, and the results will show up dramatically. This is your moment to shine. It’s your moment to be invigorated with passion and hope.
Have a great week and believe that the best is yet to come!