Well, the auction is over and the amount of money generated didn’t meet what I hoped or expected. Obviously, I am disappointed by that fact; that the amount of time, effort and money invested did not produce as much as it cost me. Oh, there were intangible returns on the investment of time and effort. I was able to live and relive some very happy times; remembering this or that event tied to various items. The memories sometimes so vivid that it was like living them all over. And, now that the house is empty, the items gone, I also realize that the memories will never be gone. They can’t be sold or hauled off. People may at times try to say or do things to denigrate the memories, saying the things I remember have been tempered with time and things were not that wonderful. Well, they can say what they will and maybe there is a certain sort of nostalgia that makes things look better in memory than they really were when living through them but that doesn’t matter. The events are, in my mind, as I remember them now. But, I digress, my apologies for that.
Back to the expectations: I really expected more of a return and thought I had realistic expectations but also hoped for even more than I expected. So, that being said, what is the difference between hope and expectation? Are they similar or a lot different from one another. Well, they are sort of the same, and sort of different.
(there are other examples, but for this, the following are most appropriate)
a: to consider probable or certain
expect to be forgiven
expect that things will improve
b: to consider reasonable, due, or necessary
expected hard work from the students
c: to consider bound in duty or obligated
they expect you to pay your bills
(verb): to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true
(noun): desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment
So, to expect is to have some sort of fact, promise or obligation where a certain thing or event will occur while hope is the desire for that thing to happen. We all have expectations and hopes throughout our lives. We expect to have to work to make a living; we expect to be paid for our efforts at work; we expect the lights to come on when we flip a switch. We hope to find a job we like, we hope to get a raise, we hope that the bulb isn’t burned out or for some other reason the power is out. We expect our children to go to school and study hard, we hope they get good grades and do well, in school and in life. We also expect that others will treat us the way we treat them, to be honest, to mean what they say and to honor their promises. Others expect the same from us. So, once a promise is made, we expect others to behave in a way that is consistent with the promises they made. Someone promises a certain action, or promises to not do something, yet they fail to do as promised or they do something that they promised they would never do. We should be able to expect honesty from others. Of course, they have the right to expect honesty from us as well. But, what about hoping? Well, we all hope that others will treat us the way they expect to be treated. Sadly, that is far less common than I once believed.
Now, when I have been disappointed by others who do not live up to my expectations based on their promises, is it because I had legitimate cause for the expectations or was it more that I was hoping that they do certain things? Well, it is probably a combination of both having expectations and hoping. But, as with many experiences with other humans, I find that they do disappoint me. Some is possibly unrealistic expectations or hopes, but other times it is because they fail to honor their commitments. That being said, such is the fraility of humans, we allow ourselves to put too much faith in the promises of others or in our own wishes and at times everyone gives others expectations to which they don’t live up. Thus, setting ourselves and others up for disappointment.
I, like others, don’t like facing certain facts about myself but, I know I have disappointed others: my parents, friends, family, coworkers, and the list goes on, but the truth is that they were disappointed by things I did, or did not do. I did things they did not anticipate or expect me to do other times I didn’t do things they expected of me.
However, there is someone who won’t disappoint anyone, EVER. I may at times disappointment God because of my actions, but He will always do what is best for me. Even if I don’t see it at the time. I have expectations of God. I expect him to be all that He has promised He would be for me and I expect Him to comfort me, forgive me, make me a better person. Of course, those things are conditional on my serving Him. The thing about God is that He will live up to the expections. I know He will, because He promises to do so. He is my hope (the noun type) and my salvation, my strength and comfort in difficult times. Now, this hope is actually an expectation that is anxiously anticipated because He promises to be all those things for me, for us. Christ is the hope for my mfuture. I have hope in Christ that He will give me a better life, an eternal life with Him. I have the expectation He will do so but the positive thoughts those hopes come from is the knowledge and expectations based on His word. What a wonderful God we serve.
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. Psalms 62:5
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians 1:20
There are a lot of scriptures that talk to the expectations that we can have of God if we follow Christ and serve Him. Expectations of blessings and rewards, some here on Earth, but more importantly rewards we can’t imagine in eternity.
But, He also warns us that we can expect other things if do not serve Him and instead live a life of sin and otherwise fail to follow Christ as we should follow Him.
The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. Proverbs 11:23
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. Proverbs 11:7
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. Proverbs 10:28
We have hope in Christ as well. This is the noun hope, the hope of a expectation of pleasant, cherished things happening.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25
(Romans Chapter 8 is a good read, I would suggest all take a few minutes to read the whole chapter)
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
He promises us that we can have hope in Christ that we will be spending eternity with Him. That we WILL have salvation and that we WILL be rewarded for living for Jesus. I thank God that He gives me that type of promise that I can expect that from Him. I can rejoice in the hope of that time to come. He warns us that we can expect punishment for our sins if we do not come to Him who made forgiveness possible through the sacrifice of His son, through the suffering and blood of Christ when He died on the cross for our sins.
Lord, I praise and worship You. I thank you for the hope and expectations of my rewards in eternity with You. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me better understand what I need to do, how I need to live, in order to have those things that are promised. I ask that You work in the hearts and minds of loved ones that they see the expectations they may have if they do as You have instructed, and that they realize that they may also expect eternal suffering for their failure to follow You and Your word. I ask that You draw us all to You that we may enjoy those rewards. That we all seek the forgiveness You offer and the salvation You have for us.
I do appreciate the time that all take to read what He puts on my heart. I hope that while He teaches me things that You are blessed as well. Please, try to be a blessing to others today as well.