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Biblical Expectation A Key to Blessing
Expectation is valuable
Expectation is the reason why a person does something...in other words anything done without knowing the reason why will keep a person aimlessly wandering as well as waste valuable time that can never be gotten back. The reason why a person goes to the store is because they expect to buy something...the reason a person goes to a wedding...is because they expect to witness a marriage, the reason why a person goes to college...is because they expect to learn and prepare for a good job. So then expectation is the purpose for a thing and without purpose there would be no expectation. Goals and objectives are also what people expect to reach in a certain amount of time and it is these goals that keep a person headed in the right direction. So then preparation and proper support is needed to obtain what is expected.
When you don't know what you are expecting...you go through the motions
Purpose is the reason why
Now Peter and John went up to the temple at the hour of prayer being the nineth hour (Acts 3:1).
The above text tells us that Peter and John went up to the temple which was something that they had incorporated into their day. Our day is filled with things that we incorporate into our day also, but there must be a reason for doing what we do. If we are not expecting anything of importance then what we are incorporating in the form of our actions throughout the day is simply that of going through the motions. For instance...if people do not have a good reason as to why they go to church...then they are just going through the motions of going to church, if a person does not have a good reason as to why they go to work...then they just go through the motions of going to work, which becomes very boring. Purpose or the will of God for ones life brings excitement... so now going to church has meaning if one knows the reason why they go. Col.3:17 declares that whatever you do in word or deed...do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God and the father by him. If everything that we do was done to honor our heavenly father then that automatically brings purpose into the equation because God expects the best from us.Purpose always brings the best out of a person because the person knows that part of their very existence is exemplified in everything that they do. When a person does not know the reason why ...they can expect the worst because they will abuse the system...abuse themselves...abuse others...abuse position etc. For example you would not wash dishes in a microwave oven...why? because it was not created for that purpose, but the creator and manufacturer created the dishwasher to wash dishes and the microwave oven for cooking. The worst can be expected if the true purpose is abused...then nothing positive can be expected.
Expecting the worst
Forgetting the past
When a person has experienced negativity for prolonged periods of time...they may come to expect the worst.For example an unfaithful spouse who continues to be unfaithful leaves the other spouse always expecting the worst from them even when they change...a rebellious child leaves a parent expecting the worst even on a good day because the past has not been forgotten . A person who expects the worst in someone is not surprised when the worst happens because they have conditioned themselves to protect their heart. The problem with this... is that a person may know whether or not someone believes in them or not...and if not...the negative pattern continues.Believing in a person means becoming surprised when the expected as well as the unexpected behavior occurs because believing the best in someone gives them the support needed to change.
Expecting the best in others
And a certain man lame from his mothers womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called beautiful to ask alms of them that entered the temple...(Acts 3:2).
When a person expects the best out of someone...they become surprised at the worst that occurs because they know that the person is capable of much better. Many times people who identify themselves by their problem expect very little because they really don't know who they are.Notice in the text that the man is identified by his problem (lameness). Today people are called thieves. drug addicts, alcoholics, adulterers,etc all labeled by their problem, and these people may expect very little in life because of not knowing who they really are.The man was lame and could not get up on his feet like so many people today...but his support helped him to do what he could not do on his own because they expected the best for him as well as from him. People who expect something special in life plan and prepare to get to certain places in life... and they do not allow their handicap to stop them. When something is really expected...persistence and diligence in the form of small advances may happen for a long time before significant change occurs. This man was born lame and only received a small amount of alms before he got his total healing. (read all of Acts chapter 3). Little successes add up to big ones that's why God says to despise not the day of small beginnings.
Living Up To Others Expectations
Living up to others expectations can be very rewarding as long as there is balance...For example a child coming from a healthy home and environment lives up to the expectations of their parents in school...and as long as the parent remains in balance with their own expectations for the child...this will remove stress and frustration from the child. Out of balance expectations is for the parent to live their dreams through their children. The child now is under pressure to perform and be someone that they really are not. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions by someone...but that accountability should not be overbearing and demanding because it hinders a person from expressing and being who they really are. Living up to others expectations in an unbalanced way is to submit to others opinions. A person who commits to such behavior and doesn't know who they are may experience frustration and disappointment.Being someone that you're not is a waste of time because life passes by and that time cannot be recovered. Also people miss out on what you have to offer when you are not where you should be in life.
And a certain man lame from his MOTHERS WOMB...(Acts 3:2a)
The lame mans mother like all pregnant women had come to the conclusion that she was expecting...and because of that fact she was now placed into a different role...that of mother. People who expect dreams to come to pass, desires to manifest, etc must be willing to step into another role. Whether a mother wants to be a mother or not...at the time of expectancy that is what she is, and she must begin to do whatever is necessary to take care of the baby.A person... whether man or woman who is pregnant with a dream or vision must protect that dream by,,,1. not allowing anyone to talk them out of it ...2.Believing in themselves to do what is needed to bring it to pass...3.Believing that God will help do what they cannot...4. Don't procrastinate...5. Look for divine connections needed for support...6. Keeping an atmosphere around that is conducive for the dream during times of not seeing any physical evidence, remember an expecting mother does not see any physical evidence of her pregnancy in the beginning...and neither will a person see physical evidence of success in the beginning. This principle keeps yours truly working toward my dream here at Squidoo, because I know it will be awhile before I see any fruit of my labors...but I must continue expecting good things to happen. All of these suggestions help to keep a healthy dream growing until it becomes a reality.
An expectant mother prepares in advance for what is about to transpire in nine months. She eats a balanced diet...maintains daily doctor check-ups...obstains from smoking and other activities that could be harmful to the child...attends a baby shower that helps to provide for the child... to name a few.This preparation in advance helps to relieve the stress that accompanies expectancy. A blessing that comes before one is ready and capable to handle it ...is really not a blessing. Many lotto winners were not prepared to handle the blessing of finance...and it caused problems that were undetected because of a lack of experience in that area. Prepare by reading and gaining knowledge, by asking questions, through mentorship by those who have done what you are trying to do, by learning from your mistakes and failures, and most importantly...by not giving up.
When what you were expecting to happen...doesn't
Keeping a good attitude with thanksgiving
And he gave heed unto them, EXPECTING to receive something of them. Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; (Acts 3:5-6a).
Psalm 118:1 says OH give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever. Have you ever received a Christmas or birthday gift... and it was not what you really wanted or expected? The attitude in which you said thank you was probably not really from the heart because of disappointment.But on the other hand if you received a gift that you " were expecting"...your thank you would certainly be from the heart. God does not look on the outward appearance the way men do, but he looks on the heart...which reveals the motives of why something is done. There will be times when what you may be expecting to happen will not...and it is important to keep an attitude of thanksgiving because 1Thess.5 says in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Notice we are not to give thanks for troubled times...but in the midst of troubled times. The lame man was expecting silver and gold, but Peter and John did not have any, But what they did have was what the lame man really needed...healing to get up on his feet and never need to beg again because he would now be able to support himself. When what we may be expecting to happen...doesn't, remember God may have something far better than what we were expecting.
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