Great Expectations

A few years ago, I read the book ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. It has been described as a classic, and indeed it is a classic. A good read. The book centered around a character named Pip, whose ultimate dream was to become a gentleman and marry a young lady- Estella. The whole story goes through twists and turns, the unraveling of a complicated mystery, and at the end, depending on which ending you read, he gets married to Estella albeit, under wholly different circumstances than he had imagined or hoped for. This perhaps seemed to be his great expectation.

But as a believer, what is your great expectation? In the course of various interactions, and this was true even for me, the idea of the Christian faith seemed vague or beside the point. It seemed as though the answer to the question, Why am I a Christian? Was not meant either to be asked and if you dared to ask, it was not meant to be answered. As a believer, is there any expectation? Or is it just blind faith and wishful thinking as it were?

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as Scripture says: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

In trying to answer the question, some have proposed the possibility that the expectations of the believer are fulfilled in the acquisition of the products of the material realm. Things captured under sight, hearing as well as imagination. However the Apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, says the exact opposite.

He tells them that, the things that should constitute their expectations- the things that God has prepared for them (and for us as believers in this day) are things, no eyes have seen, no ears have heard of and no mind has conceived of. Essentially saying that we have reason to expect great things, things especially promised and kept for us by God. It goes without saying that what makes them great has nothing to do with quantity but quality- the eternalness thereof.

But how do we know these things, seeing as we are establishing their ‘immaterialness’?

1 Corinthians 2:10 God has revealed those things to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God.

We know them by Revelation, through the Spirit of God, who had also has taken residence in us. The things we are to expect are revealed things. Things that reach all the way into the depths of God, and are counted amongst that which constitutes the fulness of God.

We are to expect great things, we are to have great expectations, because for as many that love God, there is so much that God has prepared for us, it is beyond the scope of our wildest imagination, our sharpest sight and our keenest perception.

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