Every New Year I choose a word and a verse to give focus to my life. I seek to be intentional to see how God will bring understanding and sharpen me with a word. This year the word seems to be “expectation”. I realize in choosing this word that it is one that can bring much heartache, disappointment and frustration.
Webster defines it as: a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. We not only put our hope in what we want to happen, we plan on it turning out the way we anticipate. It doesn’t matter if it is expecting the scale to lie about what all I ate this week or expecting my husband to know what I need and when. (Come on, Ladies! How can any man ever figure that one out?) We project these expectations on both ourselves and others. When I expect someone or something to be or act a certain way, I have just set myself up for a nose dive into all kind of emotions.
There is an expectation that is good and never disappoints. This is the one I want to hang out with this year. The only thing we really can count on is God. He is always who He says He is and He will always do what He says He will do. We can put all of our hope and expectations in Him.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
I want to live this year expecting God to be God. I don’t want to shrink Him down to a god created in my own image. I think the Bible calls that an idol. He is a God to be known. He is a God that we can put all of our expectations on and we will not be disappointed or frustrated.
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” (Psalm 62:5)
I am liking this word better every day as I turn my expectation from this world and place all of my hope in Him.
Let’s expect God to be God!