Managing your expectations by faith - The Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off
The Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off
What gives such an assurance to the expectations of the righteous? Certainly it is not the zeal behind it alone, there is a whole lot more. You see this form of expectation that cannot be cut off is motivated , driven and managed by faith that is built upon the unwavering trust in Jehovah, it is an expectation that is built upon the faithfulness of Jehovah as revealed by faith. What are the expectations of the righteous? Well his expectations are based upon the goodness of Jehovah fuelled by faith which declares that Jehovah is good, he is loving, he is faithful and he does not renege upon his word.
In the New Testament we call this manner of expectation, hope and we are told that this manner of hope does not disappoint:
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:5.
This manner of expectation is grounded on faith that knows all about the love of God as revealed through Christ and is sealed in our heart by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So when I said that expectation is the precursor to breakthrough, let it be known that this expectation needs to be qualified.
It is this manner of expectation that the Saints displayed when they turned up in the upper room and as a result experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They did not just turn up on that day with wild expectations, you see when they came together that day, they came with an expectation that was driven by the promise made to them by Jesus, with regards to the sending of the Holy Spirit. They came therefore in obedience to the instructions which they were given, the instruction not to depart from Jerusalem until they had been baptised by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was not some kind of expectation driven by guessing and lottery, rather it was a driven from an informed position that is akin to faith. Faith exercised in the promises of the Messiah. (Acts 1:1-5, 2:1-4, John 14:15-17, 15:26).
Likewise, it was this manner of expectation that the woman with the issue of blood walked in when she purposed in her heart that all she needed to do was to touch the hem of Jesus garment and she would be healed.
And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well. – Mathew 9:20 -21.
You see this manner of expectation is not an impulsive one, it is not one that is simply plucked out of the air or one that comes out of sheer zeal and excitement, such an expectations only succeeds in leaving those who subscribe to them with undesirable and unsatisfactory results, such as would expose them to serious disappointment, if not a fate similar to that of Elimelech. And this would bring us to the things that do help to guarantee that our expectations would not be cut off, what is it you may ask? The answer is faith.
When the word faith is mentioned many assume that it is all about some sort of illogical way of reasoning by those who profess it. Hence many simply walk in the ignorance of it only to get themselves badly burnt as a result, they now turn around to blame the way of faith. While faith is the assurance of the things that we hope for and the evidence of things that we are yet to see (Hebrews 11:1), an important message which those who walk in the ignorance of faith ignore is that, this faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God Romans 10:17. The position of faith is arrived at by the facts which are presented to us by the word of God about the person of God and his ways. It is upon these set of information or data that faith is built.
We draw on the assurances about the things which we hope for and the evidence of these things even when we have not seen them, by what the word of God reveals to us about God, the One whom we exercise the faith in. In other words our faith is based upon what the word of God reveals to us about who God is, what he has done before and what he can still do both now and in the future. His words reveals to us, what he has done in the past and what he has promised to do today and in the future. Faith is not based on how we feel or what the circumstances around us looks like, it is not based on popular opinion or the rule of the majority; rather it is based upon the infallible, inerrant word of Jehovah, it is based on the integrity of the person of Jehovah. This is the reason why our expectations should be driven by faith; such expectation is guaranteed to produce the right results while at the same time, it helps our faith to achieve it’s goals and objectives in life. Such an expectation can never let us down, it can never be cut off, and neither would it expose us to any form of ridicule.
There are couple of things I would like to share with you about the power of expectations, these points that we need to pay close attention to as they can help make a great deal of difference in our walk of faith.