My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. (Psalm 62:5 NKJV)
One of the greatest challenges in this life is in dealing with unmet expectations. It affects both our personal and our professional lives. Is there a way forward for the faithful of God to deal with unmet expectations? You bet there is, and it is found in our verse of the day, which offers the key that unlocks the door to undoing our unmet expectations.
We are all faced with two choices in life regarding our expectations: we can root our expectations in “the good life” or we can root our expectations in the godly life. The good life is the life the world promises us. The world tells us we can have it all and we can have it right now. The world promises rewards that can and sometimes do, for a time, give us a sense of satisfaction. The world can deliver many rewards that satisfy the expectations of the flesh. Yet in the end we find them to be as temporal as they are shallow, leaving our expectations utterly unmet. As the wise preacher said, “Meaningless! Meaningless! . . . Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).
But this is not for you! The undoing of unmet expectations is found in living the godly life, wherein our expectations are from Him. This does not mean we will get everything we want in life. What it means is we get everything we need—when we need it and how we need to receive it. Our God has promised to meet all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19), and never once has God failed to make good on one of His promises. When our expectations are from God, we find ourselves seeking His will for our lives rather than our own will. Like Jesus, we cry out, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”
The undoing of unmet expectations is found in living for nothing smaller than our Lord Jesus Christ. We live to accomplish His plan and purpose for our lives by following the foreordained path He has set before us, regardless of the cost or circumstance. And as we go through this life—with God meeting our every expectation and receiving all that God has promised to give us—we discover yet another expectation that is sure to come to pass: On the day when we take our last breath, we can expect to be present with our Lord. We will enter through His heavenly gates with praise on our lips and a song in our hearts, and we shall see and know Him as He is.
Regardless of where this message finds you today, the way to unlock the door leading to the undoing of unmet expectations is for your expectation to be from Jesus Christ and not from this world. Remember, eye has not seen and ear has not heard the glories that await the saints of God when they hear these words: “Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into thy rest.”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!