Thursday, October 23, 2014

To Hope or to Expect? - 31 Days

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm switching word prompts between yesterday and today.  So today I'll be writing on EXPECT.


I recently finished a novel in which one of the characters said that he never expected anything, because then he was never disappointed.

Many years ago I said that I choose to be an optimist, because I can always cry later.

When I was working in a customer service-oriented field, our boss said that we should expect customer relationships to be 100/0--that is, we should never expect ANYthing from our customers, but that we should do everything to make our customer relationships work.

What do you think?

Of course we hope, but do we expect?  The Bible tells us to do both.
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. ... Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:18-19, 23-25)

[F]or I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:19-21)

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2b-5)
It wouldn't be reasonable for me to expect to get a new car tomorrow.  If that was important to me, I would surely be disappointed!

To expect healing for a loved one?  Tough question.  We can hope and we certainly should pray, but sometimes it isn't God's will.  He can work miracles, but sometimes He chooses not to.  He doesn't owe us an answer to Why?

To expect to go to heaven someday?  Yes, for certain.  I know that we can expect the Lord to keep His promises.  He always does.  And eternal life for those who trust in Jesus is one of those promises.

When do you think we should expect, and when should we hope?  When should we just let it go?


I think a word study, including some related words like confidence, would be very interesting!

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1 comment :

  1. I know what people mean about never "expecting" anything... I would say you should hope for... Even simple things --- you expect respect from others... but not many people teach it anymore, so if you are expecting it, you might be disappointed ...
    (does that make sense?)


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