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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 - Expectation turn sour the story of Elimelech and Naomi

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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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Expectation turn sour the story of Elimelech and Naomi

Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.  Ruth 1:1.

Here we see the story of  the  man by name Elimelech  a Jew who left his home country, the land of Judah because of famine for the land of Moab with high expectations that life would be better there. He fled his famine stricken land with the hope that he would stand a better chance of surviving in the land of Moab, where he believed there was plenty. We do not know what motivated this expectations, we do not know if it was done out of  faith or out of what might appear to be simple economic decision based on reports coming from the land of Moab. But what we know is that his expectations did produce a result which ran contrary to what he had anticipated or desired , it all ended in tragedy for the family;

Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. - Ruth 1:3.

Not only did he die in the land, but his two sons also died there as well (vs3). In the end what began with full expectation that life would be better in the land of Moab turned into an anti climax as shown by the testimony of Naomi;

But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me? - Ruth 1:20-21.

Why did Naomi feel that God had testified against her? We could speculate all day long, but the truth here is that they left the land that God had asked them to settle, to go and dwell in a foreign land amongst foreign people contrary to the will of God. You see their expectation was not motivated by the will of God and we can even say that it was not motivated by faith, rather  it was simply motivated by the prevailing circumstances at the time. This I must say runs contrary to the manner of life which those who are God's people are called to live. We are not moved by circumstances alone but by the very word of God, it must also be said that his decision ran contrary to one of the lessons that God taught them as a nation when they wandered about in the wilderness for forty years, the lesson which Moses summed up thus;

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord -Deuteronomy 8:3.

Elimelech it must be said was not the only one whose expectations turned sour because it was not motivated by faith.

Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan towards Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out towards the east. - Genesis 13:10 - 11.

Lot saw the green plains and went for the land of Sodom, his expectations being that he would reap bountifully from the land, but he did not bargain for nor did he see what the scripture revealed about the people who lived in the land;

Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. -Genesis 13:13.

He pitched his expectations with the wrong people, a people who were about to face the wrath of the God. As a result of this, his expectation turned sour because he lost everything. Once again his expectations were not motivated/ managed by faith or the word of God, rather they were driven by the prevailing circumstance, it was driven by the fertile plains that appealed to his physical senses.


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1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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