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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Managing your expectations by faith - The expectation of the lame man

Article Index
Managing your expectations by faith
The expectation of the lame man
Expectation turn sour the story of Elimelech and Naomi
Be careful with your expectations
The Expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off
Expectation will activate your breakthrough
Expectation creates the atmosphere for faith to work
Expectation has the power to preserve and prolong life
Expectation is the conduit through which faith flows and finds expression
Expectation driven by faith will cause you to do the unexpected
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The expectation of the lame man

In the book of the Acts of the Apostle, we see a good example of the point which I am trying to highlight as it was displayed here.  Here we see the case of a lame man and his expectations, let us study the scripture in order to observe what his expectations were:

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, Look at us! So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  Acts 3:3-5.

What was the expectation of this man? He had been sitting at the same spot for how many years we do not know, but what we do know is that, it was not his first time there. It was customary for the disabled to be found sitting where he was found , they come there to beg for alms, since giving of alms was one of the religious obligations of the people who were under the law at the time. So when Peter told him to fix his eyes on them, this man had only on expectation, it was not different from the one he had always exercised every time he sees people walk in and out of the synagogue, it was he expectation that they were going to give him money.

There was nothing to suggest to us that the had any faith that the Apostles were going to heal him, at least not the kind of faith that got him his healing, as result we can say that his expectation was not motivated by faith rather it was motivated by his condition as well as the norm of his society. This was the norm that made it the religious duty of those who were able to cater for the needs of the poor and the disabled in the society,  they were to do this by giving them alms. His expectation at the time therefore was in anticipation that Peter like everyone else would dip his hands into his pocket and drop some coins for him. Nevertheless, his expectations it must be said did get him something, howbeit something which he never bargained for. He was healed of his infirmity.

Then Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Acts 3:6-8.

We can see what his expectations were by what Peter said to him, that he had no silver or gold to give but he had something else to give. What Peter had to give he did in the name of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the man received his healing.

You may be tempted to say then, that if expectation would always get me a result why bother with allowing faith to be the motivating factor, why even bother which comes first, why put faith first, you may ask? Valid question, you see the truth is that while the expectation of the lame man did get him a desirable result which he did not bargain for without even exercising his faith, we must be careful as believers not to make what was an unusual situation to be the norm and as a result throw wisdom into the wind. You see while it is true that expectations would always get us something, the truth is, it is only an expectation that is faith motivated that can guarantee a desirable result.

I say this because if expectation is not driven by faith, we stand the risk of getting an undesirable result. If expectation is not driven by faith, then such expectation stands the risk of being hijacked by anything ranging from greed, lustful desires and deception something which the enemy can use to frustrate those who fall into this danger.  I want you to know that the expectation of the lame man was driven by the requirements of the law, the very one that made it obligatory as part of the religious duty of the Jews to look after the less privileged ones in their society (Isaiah 58:6-7).

In order to press this point home we would need to examine the following examples.