Expectations: The Hope That Has Been Deferred



Expectations delayed: It has become a normal routine for many of us if not all of us to assess our performance at the end of every year. We count our losses concerning those things we are not able to accomplish in the year in focus. Just that we propose and in full expectations we declare that this year ‘we are going to accomplish certain things’. These expectations resonate from the onset of every year and we attach serious zeal to it.

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Text of interest:

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

Proverbs 13:12

However, somehow along the line it is done on us that such expectations and desires might not become real. And since our expectations seem to be elusive the reaction has been to put on a weary look. The dejection is noticed in all facets of our engagements and the next thing is to start the blame game. And somehow, we think that if we can lay blames on people, government and on God it will suit us. We think the blame game can create a kind of relief in our lives since the expectations couldn’t come through.

The only thing this kind of attitude helps to breed in our lives is devastation. It helps to create an uneasy relationship between us and people, government and God. The blame game will induce hatred and all of a sudden we find ourselves hating people the government and God.  This will make us to think that they have contributed in our failure to achieve those desires and expectations.

Expectations Failure Avoid The Blame:


However, it may be true that people and the government in power might have contributed in the shortcomings.  After all if so and so persons have done their parts well you wouldn’t have missed the opportunities you had. And if the present government has the right policy put in place, your small establishment would have grown.  And the money that you borrowed from bank to start the project would have multiplied.  Surely, because of their shortcomings your expectations couldn’t materialize and now you cannot give account of where the money is.

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The only reaction visible at the moment is anger and hatred. This is because according to your estimation, by now your expectation as regards to your marriage would have been realistic. The building plan is there staring at you and nothing has been done concerning it. Your expectation is by the middle of this year, it would have gotten to the roofing stage.  And at this time of the year you are gathering friends to come and ‘chop’ and ‘lick’ their fingers.

Yet, you can’t believe it that it didn’t happen the way and manner you planned. This is because you even took some time out and seek for a genuine business plan expert’s instructions.  And you religiously followed every stipulation from his or her master plan. Still here you are still dreaming of the actualization of your expectations this year in focus! To you the struggle doesn’t worth it at all, you are weighed down with disappointments here and there.  Worse still you can’t even smile and for someone to see you laugh means that he has seen something precious as diamond.

Amend Faces And Move On:

What about God? God? That is a no go area for you. You can count how many times you fasted this year, not just fasting but serious ones indeed.  On a serious note, you spent several days in the Church. Every Virgil you are there and even you received a vision about the accomplishment of one of your expectations. Along the line you even received a prophecy about your expectations.  And there is this full assurance that it will work out the way you have planned.

At this point in time, none of those ever took place. Therefore, to you is like the word God is a hoax and shouldn’t be mentioned anywhere near you. There is a big gulf between you and God, because your expectation from Him this year couldn’t come through.  And there is no need following a God that cannot fulfill the desires of His followers. As it stands now you are contemplating not to believe in Him any longer. Your prayer life has gone down to the lowest ebb. At this stage,hearing a message of God from any preacher is very irritating to you.

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After all, some of your neighbors who didn’t commit themselves to much prayer and fasting met their expectations.  In fact these people don’t even know the way to any Church, yet they are having something tangible this year.

Expectations The Good News:

Well, there is good News for you! And that is there is something you have that is worth more than the expectations that eluded you this year. There are people that had so many achievements to their credit today but they didn’t have what you have now. If those people were told that at this time of the year they will not be around to celebrate their achievements, they would have opted for what you have and forgo the achievements. This is because it is only someone who has what you have now that can decide what to do next. Not just making the decision on what to do, but he has the ability to follow it up.

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Focus Text:

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

Therefore, the gift of life you have now is the greatest gift anyone can have on this planet earth. This is because situations are subject to change and your situation is not different. Be informed that most of the moves that you made this year are just seeds you have sown. And inasmuch as you are still alive 2019 will be the reaping year and you will see greater manifestation of the fruits of what you planted.

Rekindle Your Hope Again:

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”

Ecclesiastes 9:4

“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground. Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.”

Job 14:7-9

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Those fasting and prayers you had and those visions and prophecies are coming into reality in 2019. This is possible if you can put up the right attitude. Therefore, shake off the anger and hatred, begin to laugh and be cheerful.  Go mend faces with your friends and stop blaming the government, and return to God. This is because He is the safest place to be. Just because you are alive your good tidings are on your way. Believe it and receive it!

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