This post is a first of its kind in that it is prophetic. As I write this, I am certain that there will be proofs to validate the exposition contained herein.
At the beginning of the year, goals are set and rightly so. There are things we plan to achieve this year. Some set goals for their careers, ministries, businesses, families, health, and so on. I set goals for myself and my family as well and believe it or not, I have an excel spreadsheet with a tracker to keep tabs on my progress. Remember, I choose to live consciously. For some, it is less structured or open ended. Our goals are as varying as our faces are different though under the same broad categories, but the common denominator is that we all have goals. If you set no goals, it’s not too late and I implore you to do so. There must be a target you are aiming at and hoping to strike. It’s my strong desire that all readers of Broken Bread Club would make progress this year.
In alignment with the mantra of conscious living for 2015, and an earlier post on how to get help from God, those goals must now be converted into expectations. A goal requires a conscious plan to be achieved while expectations require conscious supplication to materialize. Goals are set objectives we plan to achieve. Expectations are things we hope for, trust God to do and pray for God about. Expectation is not void of action. Hoping and trusting God to do without prayer is not expectation. It is wishful thinking.
No doubt some of those goals can be tackled without spiritualizing them, but I would rather convert them to expectations by spiritualizing them and supplicating at the altar of God for His assistance. For instance, a goal as mundane as losing 10 pounds of weight would require mental and physical strength to be achieved. I would pray for those. Besides it is interesting how a sudden life-event changes our priorities. We are only able to pursue goals effectively when there is some level of calm in our lives. We need to pray.
A goal becomes an expectation when in addition to your plans to achieve; you place it in God’s hands by praying. A hybrid of both is needed for maximum output this year and beyond. Expectations require hoping, trusting and praying. Goals require a plan to achieve certain objectives. A goal without a plan is a dream. A blend of the two therefore would be something like this: Hoping, trusting and praying to God to make your objectives a reality by blessing your plans or employing His own plans. There is a plan to the best of your ability and understanding but there is also the God factor behind the plan to make things happen.
Why must I convert goals to expectations? We must because God is set to exceed expectations this year. That necessarily long introduction was to drill down on the truth that God is in the habit of exceeding expectations and I strongly believe that He’ll do that for you and I this year. As we hope, trust and pray, He will work behind the scenes to do more than we can ask or think. I believe it with my whole heart. Why I have such a strong conviction about this for you, I couldn’t tell you but I will reveal an instance in which God did this in Scriptures.
20 Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God.22 And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.” – Genesis 28:20-22 (NLT)
This text captions a vow/prayer Jacob prayed as he fled from home due to his brother’s ill will towards him. Jacob fled in such a hurry that he left home with nothing. He was now reduced to trusting God for the most basic needs a man can have – food, clothing, shelter, and safety. Those were his expectations as he left home. According to psychologists’ theory in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, these needs lie at the lowest spectrum of the hierarchy and at the core of every human being.
43 As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys. – Genesis 30:43 (NLT)
10 I am not worthy of all the unfailing love and faithfulness you have shown to me, your servant. When I left home and crossed the Jordan River, I owned nothing except a walking stick. Now my household fills two large camps! – Genesis 32:10 (NLT)
13 Jacob stayed where he was for the night. Then he selected these gifts from his possessions to present to his brother, Esau: 14 200 female goats, 20 male goats, 200 ewes, 20 rams, 15 30 female camels with their young, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys, and 10 male donkeys. – Genesis 32:12-14 (NLT)
Jacob’s expectations when leaving home were very basic but what God had done for him upon his return was totally mind-blowing. Beyond the food, clothing, shelter and safety, he had so much that his testimony in his words were, ‘I have more than enough.’ He was able to offer his brother 500 animals from his herd as a gift and still have extra. Even today, 500 farm animals is nothing to sneeze at. This looks to me like a man with exceeded expectations. God did everything he asked for and went above and beyond, giving him a large family, a thriving business, employees, wealth, and assets.
God is no respecter of persons and what He does for one, He can do for another. God is in the business of exceeding expectations. Similarly in Acts 3, the lame man at the gate called beautiful had come out that day expecting to receive alms but God gave him far more than that. He got a miracle.
It is in line with this insight that I pray that every reader will have a similar testimony at the end of the year. Every expectation that has been projected unto God will be exceeded. You will have more than you expected… in Jesus Name. Shalom.