For the past few days I have been thinking about something I once heard.

I had been watching an old western.  One of the men was on his death bed.  He was talking with a friend, his final statement was so profound.

He said, “My end was not what I hoped, but it was what I expected.”

As I thought of this today, I began to think about our expectations in God. Especially the expectations of people in this current season.

This has been the most difficult couple of years for many people.  Most families have been touched in some way.  Either by Covid, by the pandemic, by the vaccines, by the threats surrounding them, or by the fear the news media is constantly dishing out.

After dealing with all these issues for many, many months, people are weary.  Not only weary, but losing hope that it could ever get better.

Isaiah 43 says, “But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

We have a promise!  Not that life will be easy.  But that we will have the victory.  We are not promised there will be no challenges.  But we are promised that no weapon formed against us will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)

This time last year it seemed that many of the strong Christians were praying diligently, declaring victory, and expecting God to intervene.  Some of those same people feel differently today.  They have lost hope and are beginning to expect things to get worse, instead of better.

One scripture comes to mind each time I think about this.

“According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:29

“According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you.” Amplified Version

The Passion Translation says, “You will have what your faith expects.”

This man we talked about earlier – he got one thing out of life – what he expected.

He didn’t get what he wanted, what his desire was, no, he got what he expected.

I too have had weary moments.  I have had times I had to hope against hope.  I endured days when I could do nothing else but declare His faithfulness – because it looked quite the opposite.  My feelings or my doubts are not truth – only the Word of the Living God is truth.  It tells me one thing – He wins and if He wins, we win.

My expectations are in God alone.  They are in His word.  I will not move off that truth.

We are all familiar with Jeremiah 29:11.  In this word, GOD SAYS;

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

The word expectation in this scripture means a thing longed for or a thing hoped for.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Today, where is your hope?  Where is your expectation?  Is it in God and His word?  Is it in what the news media is declaring? Is it laced in fear and torment?

I love what Jesus said in John 16:33. “In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous, be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy; I have overcome the world. My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.” (Amplified)

Friends, this is what we can expect.  Yes, we can expect challenges, they will come.  But, that is not the end of the story.  We can be courageous, confident and undaunted.  Yes!  We can even be filled with joy.  Why?  Because our Savior has already overcome the world.  The conquest is accomplished.  His victory is abiding in us. That is our hope and that is our expected end.

God’s word promises us, over and again, we will experience our expected end.  Make sure your expectation is firmly planted in God alone.  For He will not alter His word – it will produce what He said it would.

May each of our lives be filled with everything we expect in God…and more.

 

 

Appoint My Days

According to Ephesians 4:32, I forgive just like you have forgiven me God.  I walk in love.  I choose to forgive.  I release everyone of everything.  I refuse to harbor unforgiveness, bitterness or anger.  I dismiss it and release it.  I let go of all anger and cancel every debt against me.  By the power of the blood of Jesus, I wipe it out of my life.

 

 

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