Posted by: ddwtc | 31/12/2010

Letting go of expectations to receive God’s best

My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be moved.

Psalm 62:5-6 NKJV

The word "expectation" in this passage is translated as "hope". We cannot live without hope. People living without hope want to die.

Expectations we have feed our hope to see certain things happen in our lives. The question is: what are your expectations, and where do your expectations come from?

There is nothing wrong with having expectations. After all, life without any expectation surely leads to mediocrity, if not despair.

However, unmet expectations can lead to disappointment, frustration, anger, and depression. The Bible tells us that "hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Prov 13:12a). When our expectations come from people around us or from favourable circumstances, we are surely headed for "reality checks". People will fail us, and circumstances can be difficult at times. This was how Job felt when, in the midst of atrocious adversity, he exclaimed: "Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who can see it?" (Job 17:15).

David understood that his expectation should be placed in God alone, because He only is always true and faithful! That’s why he said: "And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You." (Ps 39:7).

What does that mean to wait for God, and to put our hope in Him? Does that mean I do nothing until something happens? Does that mean my hope will be fulfilled only in heaven? What can I hope from God anyways?

Well, I can certainly put all my expectation in His Word, for His promises to come to pass in my life because God said:

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
But shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

I can also put my hope in His plan for my life because God said:

"For I know the thoughts that I think towards you…thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer 29:11)

I can fully put all my expectations in God’s plan for my life, and for Him to bring it to pass, because "He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil 1:6, para)! Hallelujah!

I can also be certain that God will never leave me alone, or to myself…needy, weak or confused because He has given me the Helper, His Holy Spirit, to abide in me forever (Jn 14:16). Holy Spirit in me teaches me all things and brings to my remembrance all things that Jesus said (Jn 14:26). He also guides me into all truth (Jn 16:13). I can put all my hope in God because He is faithful and cannot lie (Heb 6:18)!

As we enter into a New Year, I’d like to exhort you to not take vain resolutions, to let go of your own expectations, and to put all your hope and trust in the One who cannot disappoint you, cheat you or fail you: Jesus Christ! Let your expectation come from the faithfulness of His Word, the greatness of His plan for you, the fellowship of His Holy Spirit walking with you at all times, and the unchanging nature of Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8)!

In this way, you will be able to remain diligent and faithful in serving the Lord in 2011!

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:10-12 NKJV


With much love,

Min. Léna [end]


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