DATE : Monday 2 June 2014
The LORD is good, a strong hold in
the day of trouble; and he knoweth
them that trust in him.
Nahum 1:7
Jeremiah 29:1-13
1 Now these are the words of the
letter that Jeremiah the prophet
sent from Jerusalem unto the
residue of the elders which were
carried away captives, and to the
priests, and to the prophets, and
to all the people whom
Nebuchadnezzar had carried away
captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and
the queen, and the eunuchs, the
princes of Judah and Jerusalem,
and the carpenters, and the
smiths, were departed from
3 By the hand of Elasah the son of
Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of
Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of
Judah sent unto Babylon to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon)
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel, unto all that are
carried away captives, whom I
have caused to be carried away
from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
5 Build ye houses, and dwell in
them; and plant gardens, and eat
the fruit of them;
6 Take ye wives, and beget sons
and daughters; and take wives for
your sons, and give your daughters
to husbands, that they may bear
sons and daughters; that ye may
be increased there, and not
7 And seek the peace of the city
whither I have caused you to be
carried away captives, and pray
unto the LORD for it: for in the
peace thereof shall ye have peace.
8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel; Let not your
prophets and your diviners, that be
in the midst of you, deceive you,
neither hearken to your dreams
which ye cause to be dreamed.
9 For they prophesy falsely unto
you in my name: I have not sent
them, saith the LORD.
10 For thus saith the LORD, That
after seventy years be
accomplished at Babylon I will visit
you, and perform my good word
toward you, in causing you to
return to this place.
11 For I know the thoughts that I
think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil,
to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and
ye shall go and pray unto me, and
I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find
me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart.
22:16-24:18 and PSALM 118
Some expectations don’t come to
pass and there are reasons for
that. It is a painful experience to
see your expectation fail. When
expectation is based on
assumption, it will fail
(Deuteronomy 1:42-44). Great
expectations are founded on God’s
promise. By simply assuming that
you will succeed in certain
businesses just like others, you are
setting yourself up for failure.
Some Christians invest their money
into projects without God’s
approval, only to have their
expectation for dividends fail.
Basing your expectation in
marriage on physical qualities like
beauty, good stature and good
physique will surely lead to failure
(1 Samuel 16:6-7). Elements of
physical beauty can be misleading
(Proverbs 31:30). Some single
ladies today are learning the
lesson of humility in a hard way.
They trusted in their beauty and
expected that it will earn them
prompt marriage, a good husband
and a happy home. Many of such
ladies are crying in their closet
today because they have realised
that any expectation not centred
on God will fail.
“And the LORD said unto me, Say
unto them, Go not up, neither
fight; for I am not among you; lest
ye be smitten before your
enemies. So I spake unto you; and
ye would not hear, but rebelled
against the commandment of the
LORD, and went presumptuously
up into the hill. And the Amorites,
which dwelt in that mountain,
came out against you, and chased
you, as bees do, and destroyed
you in Seir, even unto Hormah.”
Deuteronomy 1:42-44
In the above passage, the Lord did
not approve of the children of
Israel going to this battle. But to
them, approval from above or not,
they assumed they would be
victorious. They got their soldiers
ready and their expectation of
victory was intact. Unknown to
them, no expectation will ever
come to pass if God is not
factored into it. They fell on their
faces when they should have lifted
up their voices in songs of victory.
Expectations fail when they are
based on lies (Jeremiah 29:8).
Expectations fail when they are
based on connections and the
power of associates. No
association can replace God
without consequences for those
who put their trust in such
associations (Jeremiah 17:5).
Nowadays, Christians express
disappointment in fellow Christians
because truth has been
compromised. If you don’t think
twice before you jump at what
those so-called Christian associates
have to offer you, your
expectation will fail to your
Prayer Point:
Pray that God would enlighten the
eyes of your understanding to
discern those expectations of yours
that do not align with His purpose
for your life.


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