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For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
(Psalm 62:5) ESV

What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
(Proverbs 10:24) ESV

The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
(Proverbs 10:28) ESV

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
(Proverbs 23:18) ESV

Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
(Proverbs 24:14) ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11) ESV

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28) ESV

And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
(Matthew 24:22) ESV

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
(Matthew 24:35) ESV

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
(Luke 12:48) ESV

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
(John 1:12) ESV

And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
(Acts 3:5) ESV

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:3) ESV

As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
(Philippians 1:20) ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
(Hebrews 4:12) ESV

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
(Hebrews 10:26) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
--Patricia Neal American Actress Born 1926

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
--Wendy Wasserstein American Playwright Born 1950 Died 2006

Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.
--Ralph Marston American Writer Born 1955

Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating.
--Michael Landon American Actor Born 1936 Died 1991

High expectations are the key to everything.
--Sam Walton American Businessman Born 1918 Died 1992

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.
--Fritz Perls American Psychologist Born 1893 Died 1970

I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments.
--Michael Landon American Actor Born 1936 Died 1991

I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey.
--Sylvester Stallone American Actor Born 1946

I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated.
--Sylvester Stallone American Actor Born 1946

I mean, I'm 48 years old and I've been through a lot in my life - you know, loss, whether it be death, illness, separation. I mean, the failed expectations... We all have dreams.
--Annie Lennox Scottish Musician Born 1954

I think it will be helpful to people because I know the expectations that are put on you as a sex symbol, and how Marilyn Monroe suffered and so on, and I was able to get free of that.
--Kim Novak American Actress Born 1933

I think that sometimes when they see me in a movie they expect me to be something nasty. I mean, I play a lot of villains and you show up and they think maybe... That's why it's good to defy expectations sometimes.
--Christopher Walken American Actor Born 1943

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
--Bruce Lee American Actor Born 1940 Died 1973

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
--Michael Jordan American Athlete Born 1963

It's great being blonde - with such low expectations it's easy to impress.
--Pamela Anderson American Actress Born 1967

Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations, and small needs.
--William Howard Stein American Scientist Born 1911 Died 19804

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Expectations and the Bible

Have you ever had a great expectation dashed? You were sure the small package among your birthday presents was the iPod you expected, but it turned out to be a box of Junior Mints. You expected a friend to visit, but he never showed up. You expected a promotion, but it went to someone else instead.

Sometimes human expectations are based on what we want to see happen. But what we want may not be realistic; other times our expectations are based on what another person has promised. But not everyone carries out his or her promises. In fact, some people may have disappointed you so often you no longer believe anything they say.

If you are struggling with unmet expectations, you need to turn to God's Word. Let's see what the Bible has to say about expectations.

King David, the composer of half of the Book of Psalms, knew the difference between expectations and reality. Though he had been anointed king of Israel, he could not immediately ascend to the throne. Instead, he spent years fleeing from King Saul, who had vowed to kill him. His expectation was to lead Israel, but in reality he was concealing himself in caves and hiding out in foreign countries. David could have found this very disappointing. The promises made by the prophet Samuel and even God Himself appeared unmet. But during this time, David had plenty of time to reflect on what his true expectations should be. In Psalm 62:1 (ESV) he wrote: "For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation."

In Psalm 62:5 (ESV), he repeated his thoughts in slightly different words: "For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him."

David wasn't basing his expectations on his own desires or abilities. He didn't assume that he would someday be king simply because he had been anointed for the task. He saw his future anchored securely in the sure promises of his God.

What are the foundations of your expectations in life? Your education? Your family name? Your abilities? Your connections? Your bank account? Someone's promises? Can you say with David that your hope is in the Lord? 

What can you expect God to give you when you truly trust in Him? Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

What does God expect of us? "And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?" Deuteronomy 10:12-13, NIV.2
 

 

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Definition of Expectations

1. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen.

2. That which is expected or looked for.

3. The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come, esp. of property or rank.

4. The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event. Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event.

5. The leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.3  
          

 

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References and notes
1. OpenBible.info - http://www.openbible.info/topics
2.  Faith-based Expectations - http://www.bibleminute.org/content.php/id/29342
3. 
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary - http://topicalbible.org/e/expectation.htm
4.  Brainy Quote - http://www.brainyquote.com/

 


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