When I was about ten years of age the Sunday school department of my church had a contest to see which boy or girl could bring in the most visitors during a set time period. The prize for the winner would be a new bicycle! I was determined to work and bring in my un–churched friends, and I did! At the end of the contest period it was determined that I did indeed have the highest total. I was then awarded my prize…a brand new watch! I’m sure it was a fine watch, but you can only imagine my disappointment! I don’t remember now why they changed the prize, but I do remember the way my heart dropped to my feet. My expectations had been disappointed; I had been let down!
That was a good lesson for me and I’m sure my parents gave me good counsel. I could be thankful for my friends that came to church and heard the Gospel, and I knew the Lord was pleased with that. The greatest lesson, however, comes from the fact that people will disappoint us when we put our expectations on them, but the Lord never will! Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. When God says He’s going to do something we can bank on the fact that He will do it! We will never be let down when we let Him be our expectation. Husbands, bosses, pastors, family, friends, and Sunday school teachers will all disappoint, because they’re human, but I can look to my God and be sure that I can trust in Him for all that His Word says! That means He will:
- Save all that call on Him – Romans 10:13
- Keep us secure in Christ – Ephesians 2
- Never leave us or forsake us – Hebrews 13:5b,6
- Hear us when we pray – Psalm 34:17
- Reward us for the works we’ve done – I Corinthians 3:13, 14
- Prepare a place for us in heaven – John 14:2,3
- Come and take us home! – I Thessalonians 4:16
The list could go on and on! The truth is that we can trust our God to do what He says. What are you putting your expectations on today? Men will reward a “watch instead of a bicycle,” but God will always deliver!