WHY EXPECTATIONS FAIL-02/06/2014
Yesterday's message was titled "BE DETERMINED TO WAIT”. Today's message is titled "WHY EXPECTATIONS FAIL" as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Nahum 1:7 "Memorise: The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. " Today's reading was taken from Jeremiah 29:1-13 and the Bible reading in one year is Exodus 29:1-24:18 and Psalm 118 (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is the message for your input
Some expectations don ’t come to pass and there are reasons for that. It is Painful experience to see your expectation fail. When expectation is based on assumption, it will fail (Deuteronomy 1:42-44). Great expectations are founded on God’s promise. By simply assuming that you will succeed in certain businesses just like others, you are setting yourself up for failure. Some Christians invest their money in projects without God’s approval, only to have their expectation for dividends fail. Basing your expectation in marriage on physical qualities like beauty, good stature and good physique will surely lead to failure (1 Samuel 16:6-7). Elements of physical beauty can be misleading (proverbs 31:30). Some single ladies today are learning the lesson of humility in a hard way. They trusted in their beauty and expected that it will earn them prompt marriage, a good husband and a happy home. Many of such ladies are crying in their closet today because they have realised that any expectation not centred on God will fail.
“And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither ﬁght; for l am not among you; lest ye be smitten before t among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies. So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against he commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill. And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah. ” Deuteronomy 1:42-44
In the above passage, the Lord did not approve of the children of Israel Going to this battle. But to them, approval from above or not, they assumed they would be victorious. They got their soldiers ready and their expectation of victory was intact. Unknown to them, no expectation will ever come to pass if God is not factored into it. They fell on their faces when they should have lifted up their voices in songs of victory. Expectations fail when they are based on lies (Jeremiah 29:8). Expectations fail when they are based on connections and the power of associates. No association can replace God without consequences for those who put their trust in such associations (Jeremiah 1 7:5), nowadays, Christians express disappointment in fellow Christians because truth has been compromised. If you don ’t think twice before you jump at what those so-called Christian associates have to offer you, your expectation will fail to your surprise.
Today, the prayer point is that God would enlighten the eyes of your understanding to discern those expectations of yours that do no align with His purpose of your life.
God bless you for your contribution. have a prosperous week in Jesus Name, amen.