Expectation – Bible Study Notes
Definition of expectation: anticipation, hope, trust
- Expectation (trust) in God leads to hope
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
Expectations, we all have them. Life presses in daily. Revealing who and what our expectation (anticipation, trust and hope) is in.
The Bible encourages us to look to “the God of HOPE” who will “fill us with all joy and peace as we TRUST in him” God is the one source of expectation that will never fail us. He never lets us down. We can go to Him with huge expectation; anticipating great things from Him and He is the only one who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever dare to hope for. God not only meets our expectation, He is able to surpass it every time.
- Where is our expectation in our time of need
Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Relationships are a blessing in our life. We learn to trust people over time as we place small expectations on them and then they fulfill that expectation. This happens with family and close friends. It’s not a bad thing to count on others, but it is important that we don’t shift our entire expectation to them. When we face difficult times, it can be tempting to turn our expectation to others rather than God. The Bible says that when we are in need of a refuge it is better to trust in the Lord. People can never fulfill our expectation the way that God can.
- Our response when others don’t meet our expectations
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
No one can live up to all our expectations all the time. When we are faced with this disappointment our response can either bring peace or anger. “Gentle answer vs. harsh words” Unfortunately, I have far more failures to confess than success regarding this verse.
My mouth. With it I praise God and encourage people but with it I also allow harsh words to hurt and stir up anger. No matter how disappointing it is when someone we care about lets us down… harsh words never make it any better. Afterwards I always feel sorry for my attitude which of course leads to a humbling apology. Both to God and to the person I was harsh with.
- Realize that we all fall short of meeting the expectations of others
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
We all fall short. When someone is able to fulfill our expectation and encourage us we should appreciate it as a blessing in our life. Not expect it. When someone isn’t able to fulfill our expectation we should forgive it. Just as through Christ, we too have been justified freely by his grace. We all fall short.
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