Expectation is believing that something will happen. It defines and demands what we want to see happen. Expectation is so relevant in our walk with God because it influences our attitude, behavior and actions. While hope is a wish for something to happen. Expectation defines what we want to see happen and moves us in the direction of paying the price to see things happen.
Expectation is a higher level of hope. It is hope with responsibility. While expectation is not the same thing as faith; it is so close to faith. Faith is dead without hope; faith is unproductive without expectation. Faith is the substance of hope. Hebrews 11:1. Expectation creates a conducive atmosphere for faith to deliver its results.
Dr. David Oyedepo says; “what you are not expecting you are not permitted to experience”. Our experience with God is faith determined. Matthew 9:29. Faith thrives in an environment where expectation is flourishing.
I once heard someone make a statement that “hope for the best and expect the worst”. What a funny statement! This is clearly out of scriptures. Anything out of scriptures is definitely out of order. If a believer builds his/her life around this philosophy; the believer has positioned him/herself to continually experience “the worst”. Expectation is so powerful that the Bible says:
“Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” – Proverbs 23:17-18.
There is nothing around a sinner that is good enough for a believer’s envy; wealth, fame, social status, political power or any worldly thing. The end is fixed, so also the delivery of believer’s expectation. Hope is always in the future without any fixed timeline. Expectation is fixed; it is definite, it has timeline. This is what gets God working on the behalf of man.
Hope is good but it can be helpless; it can be deferred. Proverbs 13:12. As a believer, what are you expecting? God said He is committed to bring it to pass but your expectation is defined by your response and your response is what moves God to respond.
Scriptures for meditation: Proverbs 10:24; Hebrews 11:1
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