Is there an expectation of what you believe God is going to do for you? You may need a second or two to digest that statement. Think about what I am asking you. Having an expectation of something from God. An expectation means there is an anticipation or waiting for the event, blessing or realization that you are asking God to give, provide, or send to you.
Of course if you did not believe in God you wouldn't have a relationship with Him so you would not be His child. So it would be logically impossible for you to have an expectation of Him doing something for you. But if you do believe in the God of the Bible, then do you have an expectation of what He is going to do for you?
Now should there be an expectation? We do not deserve anything from God. We are sinners by nature and by our continuing choice to violate the things He has told us to do. We deserve nothing. Our God is however so full of mercy and grace.
What prompted this kind of thought in my head was a single verse in my Scripture reading this morning. The Psalmist says this:
Psalm 86:1 (NASB)
Ps 1 Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me; For I am afflicted and needy.
The King James translation says, "Bow down thine ear," these are pretty bold words for man to say to God. Yet, the psalmist says them and believes that He has the prerogative to say, "God, listen to me." Quite a thought that you can say to God, "Now listen here God."
I think we can say to God the word "listen" but we better watch that attitude. How many times have you said that to your children when you were talking with them. God is always listening and He is ready to answer us but when we have expectation we need to always examine our attitude.
Humility, love, respect, fear, and awe of who He is should be all part of the attitude. And when we really start to know who God is we can easily say Listen. And we can not only believe but know without a shadow of a doubt that Our Lord is listening.