Expectations are cruel things. Even though we’re told to “expect great things from God” we somehow feel that’s a betrayal when we consider reality doesn’t often return to us what we’ve perceived as fair.
There is such a paradox operant in life so far as expectations are concerned.
Sure, we’re to expect God to break through—as God promises to do—but the trouble is God’s not often breaking through miraculously so far as we’re personally concerned. God’s usually got a bigger agenda.
But we’re not insignificant—not in God’s sight.
The biblical James talks about the person in humble circumstances taking pride in their high position (James 1:9). Surely this is another paradox. It is a ‘high position’ the person in humble circumstances has in God’s sight, not the world’s.
Could it just be that we’re to expect great things from God, i.e. in our world, yet have low expectations for ourselves, personally—regarding what we’re to receive?
When we receive much we’re overjoyed but when we receive little we’re not disappointed. This is because our expectations are grounded and realistic; our imaginations haven’t held sway.
The location of our expectations is central to our felt joy.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.