• Expectation means hoping for the things that we desire and then for things we don’t.

Over the years, people lived their lives in expectation, they actually hope for one thing or the other, some of those things that they expected came to pass, and while some others didn’t quite happen. Expectation is powerful, it is confidence, there are times, what we expected delayed in comming to pass, especially the good ones, and then we feel bad, because of the power that is connected to expectation, sometimes, those things we hope come to pass, and there are still sometimes, we don’t see the reality of what we hope for, so it is important that we always expect good things, and so we can see the reality of it. Now let’s look at this scripture:

I King 18 vs 36.

And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of  the evening sacrifice that Elijah the Prophet came near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and of Isreal, let it be known this day that thou art God in Isreal, and that I am your servant, and I have done all these things at thy word. Hear O Lord, hear me that this people may know that thou hast turned their heart back again. Vs 38,  then the fire of God came and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stone and the dust, and licked off the water that was on the trench. Vs 39, and when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said the Lord He is God, the Lord He is God. And then we know the rest part of the story, then he gathered all the Prophet of Baal and slew them. Now before Elijah could do this,

1. He prepared his mind, inorderwards he was expectant .

2. He always spend quality time in God presence through fasting and prayer.

3.  He had strong faith.

4. He programmed his mind to pray the right kind of prayer. And then someone might say, what kind of Prayer? When we read the beginning scripture that we just saw, you would realize that first of all, he gave God thanks and praise, and then believed in his heart, and he wasn’t so drift in commanding fire to come upon the burnt sacrifices, and he wasn’t under tension seeing that the rest Prophet of Baal so called upon their gods and then those gods couldn’t bring fire on their sacrifices, and at this point, he would have been in doubt, but not to worry, he knew the God that he serve and he came expectant not afraid at all.

And do we have situations or challenges or even threatened by some life’s event and then we don’t know what to do, and we fast and pray expecting God to hear our prayers, well, expectation is faith, this is because you have the assurance of what you expect to see and you don’t doubt, and still you have this strong belief of seeing whatever you wish comming to pass.

We have people that want answers to their prayers, and when they pray, they don’t remember what they have prayed about, and they just have this faith that God would hear their prayers. Now first of all, we have to keep having it in mind what we pray about and then we need to have faith, but most times, not just faith, but strong faith, this is because, faith is expectation and then assurance, therefore, faith and assurance is expectation.

Faith is powerful that is why the bible says for by it, the elders obtained a good report, and then he that comment to God must believe that He is, and then He is a rewarder of those that dilligently seek Him, Oh ! I love this word, inorderwards, recognizing the supremacy of God, and then knowing His uttermost power, that’s what this word means believing that He is.

Over the years, we have Christians, and then none Christians who lived their lives not expecting anything to happen, now the truth is this, you live your life in expectation thinking of good to happen, and for the bad, you don’t have to expect it, but you can actually think ahead, inorderwards having it in mind, this is because when you think ahead of any negative thing, you could derive a solution ahead, and then stop it before hand, but don’t expect it. Oh! I love expectation, especially when it’s the good one, and you could just derive your joy from thinking on maybe someone promised you a gift, and then you could just go on and on being excited, now that joy could solve so many problems in your life and that is why it is important especially God’s children to expect the good things of life. Now let’s look at this scripture.

I sammuel 1 vs 8.

Then said El’-ka-nah her husband to her, Hannah why weepest thou? And why eatest thou not? And why is thy heart grieved, am I not better to thee than ten sons? Vs 9, so Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk, now Eli the Priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple. Vs 10, she was in bitterness of soul and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore, and she vowed a vow, O Lord of host, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid and remember me, and not forget thine hand-maid, but will give unto thine hand-maid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and then shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued before the Lord that E-li  marked her mouth Oh! Oh! This is remarkable, immidiately she made these vows unto the Lord, then the priest marked her mouth, inorderwards, the Priest took those words away, meaning whatever it is the Lord God that made him Priest would hear Hannah’s prayers.

Vs 13, Now Hannah, she spoke in her heart, only her lips moved but her voice was not heard; E-li thought she had been drunken. Now after the Priest marked her mouth, then she began to speak within herself and her voice was no more heard. Vs 14, And E-li said unto her, how long wilt thou be drunken ? Put away thine wine from thee.

And Hannah answered and said, now my Lord, I am a woman of sorrowful spirit : I have drunken neither wine nor strong drink but have poured out my soul before the Lord, wow! I love this woman she continued in her prayers either speaking or moumoring within herself but to be sure that God would hear, and then she would have the expectation within herself, this is because, expectation is strength, expectation is power, just thinking of what you stand to see can make you strenghtful, it can make you stand against opposition, that is why it is important that we expect good things and then we have these set of people that put these other ones in expectation, please these sets, ensure you all meet your promises and don’t put people down making them sick and tired. And then there are some that made those promises, and then later realize that they would not be able to meet whatever it is that they were suppose to meet, please can these sets make these other ones know the reason why, they would be justified, so living our lives and not pleasing  ourselves, but trying as much as possible to please others matters alot, for with this, we would just be doing the right thing that is expected of us to do.




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