Eager Expectation

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What are you eagerly expecting?

What does having an expectation mean, anyway?

You might have heard sentiments before that speak toward statements like this: Zero expectations = Zero disappointments.

But is that really true?

Is it even possible?

Expectations and anticipations are part of life.

They can’t truly be bundled up in a neat and tidy wad, placed in a box and labeled with only one word.

Expectations are as varied as the relationships they mirror.

We can expect to become ill if we do not treat our bodies with care.

We can expect to be disliked if we are harsh and unloving to others.

We can expect that there will be rain if the sky above us is filled with dark clouds.

We can expect to find joy in giving to others as Jesus would have us to do.

Throughout any of our expectations, hopes and dreams, we may find disappointment in all but one area—

God will never be unfaithful to His promises.

We can expect that God will love us continually.

We can expect that His character will never change.

We can expect that He will hear us when we pray.

We can expect that He will usher His children into His presence when they depart from this earth.

We can expect these things, and more.

We can trust our God in all His ways.

Here is a true statement:

Expectations of God’s fulfilled promises = Zero disapointments

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The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

—Romans 8:16-19

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