Whether you are looking at Proverbs 23:7 that says, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Or Matthew 9 which teaches us, “According to your faith, be it unto you” we see from the word of God that what we expect is essential to what our end result will be.
I was thinking about this very thing this morning and thinking about a time God said to me, “From now on expect things to go well for you and become much easier.”
Since that day I have often meditated on the word expectation.
Today I could not get it off my mind. I began to ponder on the many expectations of people I knew from ministry. On how difficult it is to have a good expectation if bad things have happened or if you have been disappointed by having good expectations and seeing the opposite happen.
After studying this word, I found our expectation is vital to seeing a favorable outcome. Let me share the definition of expectation with you from the Webster’s 1828 dictionary.
The act of expecting or looking forward to a future event with some reason to believe the event will happen. Expectation differs from hope.
Hope originates in desire, and may exist with little or no ground of belief that the desired event will arrive. Expectation is founded on some reasons which render the event probably. Hope is directed to some good; expectation is directed to good or evil.
Isn’t that interesting – hope is wishing and its only foundation is desire.
However, expectation is founded and grounded on something.
The other interesting thing I have found is that hope or wishing is always for something good, but when it comes to expectation, it can go either way – good or bad.
Psalm 62:5 says, “Our expectation is from God.”
If our expectation is from God, then it is founded on the word of God – it is grounded on the word of God. And if you are really grounded in the word of God then you shouldn’t expect anything but good.
What I am saying is that we MUST change our expectations and make sure that we are expecting something good – because every good and perfect gift comes from God.
Let me share one more thing I found about expectation.
It also means, the state of expecting, either with hope or fear.  According to this definition you will either expect with hope or fear – or we could say with fear or faith. This should make it simple to determine what we should be expecting.
If you expect in faith and according to the word of God, then you are expecting a good outcome. That is exactly what the word of God promises us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil to give you an expected end.”
God has promised us an expected end and He wants a good expected end, however, what we expect is up to us. Therefore our end result is also up to us.
Some people don’t tithe because they expect if they do that they will run out of money. Some people do tithe knowing when they do, they will have the expected end that the word of God promises them. Each expectation has a foundation, one of faith and one of fear. One is founded on the word of God and one is founded on the lies of the devil.
Some people love easily because they know that God has promised them that love never fails. Others refuse to love because they have been hurt and the fear of being hurt again drives them.
If I can get one thing across to you today it is this; if you are not fully and always expecting what God says will be then change your expectation and do it now. When the enemy comes whispering in your ear something the opposite of the word of God, talk back to him, tell him what the outcome is going to be. Confess your expected outcome. Then refuse to back off of it.
I have had logical reasons to expect bad outcomes in certain situations however, since God spoke this to me, I have literally been practicing expecting according to the word of God AND every time I did and stood firm on it – I have seen my expected end. You see that day God didn’t say, “Things will go well and easier from now on”, He said EXPECT them to. He showed me that I have a part to play in the outcome. He was telling me to change my outcome by changing my expectations.
We have a promise from Him, from His word. Proverbs 23:18 says, “Your expectation shall not be cut off.” This works both ways, for our good and for evil, we will get what we are expecting – The rest…is up to us. What are you expecting?