A Hope Vs. An Expectation – December 14, 2016

Proverbs 10:28, The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

A popular quote states, “You don’t get what you want in life; you get what you expect.” There is a difference between a want and an expectation. I recently read a review on Travelocity for a local McDonald’s restaurant. The review said, “The McDonald’s food met my low expectations. The drive through had problems. The speed of serving the food was more important than the quality. The eggs were burnt on the egg McMuffin and to finish it off, the hash browns were totally missing. But ‘It’s a McDonald’s’, you get what you expect.” Now I don’t know about you, but if I say to my kids, let’s go to McDonalds for breakfast. They are in the car before I put my shoes on, and they expect it to be great and to them it is.

Proverbs 10:28 tells us, “The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.” The righteous expect and have hope and joy, but the wicked have no hope or expectations. This Christmas, have hope; demonstrate righteousness and expect that joy will be the result.  Righteousness is another way of saying right actions, and right actions always exceed temporary happiness, which ultimately fulfills our deepest desires. So, this Christmas expect joy, but remember the only way to true joy is through hope and right actions.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas,

John Mark Caton, Ph.D