What Do You Expect
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.”
There’s a saying “don’t expect much and you’ll never be disappointed”. I’m not sure that’s wise but I do understand the concept. Disappointment has a way of weighing me down that could easily lead to despair, feeling like all hope is lost. One definition is “the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations”.
Hopes, expectations? Two nouns that could alter your plans that are usually based on someone else or something else that is out of your control. It can easily set the tone of your ability to trust or be confident in future events. A fear that can cause someone to have the attitude of thinking “don’t expect much and you’ll never be disappointed”.
I find myself to be an Idealist which if not in check can lead to disappointment and despair. The world is pretty much made up of Idealists, who see things as they believe it should be based on their “ideas” and Pragmatics, who basically focus on the world as it presently is. Another definition would be an Idealist is a dreamer and a Pragmatic is a realist. I can see strength and weakness in both. So now what?
David pens in verse 5 of Psalm 62 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him”. Wouldn’t you agree that one of the greatest attributes of God is that we can trust Him?
I find that being honest with ourselves and identifying our personality traits is important. For me as an Idealist I have to be prepared for a major reality check of reality always trumps my idealism. Being willing to see that God is still in control and adjusting my ways to His. Knowing that when I have been disappointed by people or by happenstance, it’s ok, I think I’ll survive.
I like what the Apostle Paul write in 2nd Corinthians 4: 7-9 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
So, however you plan on facing the day, remember, it’s ok to make plans but hold on loosely, knowing that God is “still” in control. – Rob Russomano is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick. You can write Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory. Louis Zamperini’s brother.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him! Proverbs 20:7