Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us
I saw this quote:
Peace begins when expectation ends. -Sri Chinmoy
I understand the statement. Expectation is a huge killer of relationships. It often causes a lot of disappointment and heartache. But, that’s not where peace begins.
Jesus (Yeshua) is our peace.
God gives a peace that passes understanding. How?
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Asking according to God’s will. His word is His will.
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
And one of my favorite verses…
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Putting this together tells me expectation in Him is where my peace begins. God is love, good, faithful, just, righteous, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. He is the I AM. Although there have been times I’ve felt disappointed, He has never let me down. The enemy has delivered some big hits. Thankfully, Abba has been with me through it all.
I used to expect bad things. I’d lived in the dredges of despair, looking for the next negative experience. If it didn’t come I created it through (unintentional) self sabotage. I got used to hurting.
How many of us create our own storms through faulty thinking and then complain about the rain? Far too many.
Today, I want to leave you with a question and challenge. First, what are you expecting from God (or are you) in your life? We don’t serve Him to simply receive, however, His promises are true. There are blessings for obedience.
Second, I leave you with a charge of expectation in God’s promises. No, I’m not suggesting a name it, claim it mentality. But, when we pray according to His will, He hears and answers. He gives good and withholds no good thing (see Psalm 84:11.) Peace that passes understanding is ours.
I don’t know who Sri Chinmoy is. But, he/she is wrong.
Peace begins when expectation in God starts.
Numbers 23:19 ESV God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
Hebrews 10:23 ESV Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.