“Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.” – Michael Landon
I read this quote from the famous actor, Michael Landon, and thought how sad but true! All of us have experienced the disappointment of an unmet expectation. We expect things from our spouse, our children, our pastors, our friends, and from life in general. We expect our coffee at the local coffee shop to be done in a timely manner and we are disappointed when it isn’t. We expect to get what we ordered at the restaurant and for it to be delivered hot to our table. We expect the gas station to be open when our car needs filling.
But the reality is, people let us down and things don’t always work out the way that we have planned. Wherever there are expectations there will also be disappointments, except when we are talking about God! I will admit I have had times in my life when I felt disappointed with God, but in all of those occasions the problem really was not with God. The problem was with me or my perspective of God and how I believed He should act in a certain situation.
Perspective is Everything
I find a phrase in 1 Peter 1:3 from the NLT intriguing: “Now we live with great expectations.” Peter is saying that as believers, we are to live our lives with great expectations. Is He serious? Doesn’t Peter know that if I do that I am setting myself up to be heartbroken and disappointed? Not when we are talking about God.
According to the writer of Hebrews, expectation is the characteristic of true faith. Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When the writer of Hebrews uses the word “hope”, he is not using it in the way that we usually do, which is often more of a wish. I hope I get a raise. I hope he asks me out. I hope my team wins the World Series.
The biblical definition of the word “hope” is an absolute expectation of coming good! Hope in the Bible is describing something that you can count on. Something you can bank on! Something you can base your entire life upon! So when Peter says, “Now we live with great expectation,” he also tells us why we can live that way as believers. He continues in 1 Peter chapter 1 to describe what we have to look forward to!
“Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.” “So be truly glad.* There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:4-8
What Are We Expecting?
- A heavenly inheritance
- Divine protection and strength
- The knowledge that our present trials produce maturity
We live with Great expectations in a God who loves us and promises that the work that He has started in our lives, He will complete!
Encouragment, Mistakes, Spiritual Walk
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”- Philippians 1:6