I really enjoy the New Living Translation of the Bible. There are a lot of people out there who would argue about the use of it, saying that the King James Version is best and all that jazz, but I’m not one to argue over such things. For my goal of reading the entire Bible in 2017, the New Living Translation has served me well. It is easy to read, using a modern flow in language, and it brings a new clarity to certain passages that just really sparks even more interest in me. I think that’s a good thing!
In this morning’s Bible reading, I found a couple of words that really stood out to me…
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
1 Peter 1:3-5
The two words that caught my eye were “great expectation.”
I don’t think people live with enough expectation these days. As I read through the Bible, I notice time and time again – from Old Testament to New – that people back then lived with expectation. They prayed with expectation. They sought the Lord with expectation. They waited on the Lord in expectation.
Expectation means that you expect something to happen. It means that you eagerly anticipate things happening. It means that you look forward to the occurrence of something with a hope that is filled with certainty of it coming to pass.
As Christians, we need to live with great expectation. Our great expectation is in our salvation. It is in our prayers being answered. It is in God healing. It is in God restoring.
It is a great expectation of God doing exactly what He said He would do.
In the Bible, people consistently expected results. And they got them!
Where has the expectation gone?
Why is it that prayer almost seems to be a timid “well, God, if you could, maybe, perhaps, think of me, I don’t want to bother You, could you consider, if you don’t mind…”
We have been born of the blood of Jesus. There is no need for that timidness. We live with expectation because God has promised us a salvation that is unlike any other. God has promised to care for His children. God has promised to be there for us.
Time after time, God proved Himself in the Bible. He kept His promises. He did what He said He would do. Therefore, we should expect that He will still do that today. Faith and trust are all tied into expectation. If we have faith and if we trust, then we should live with great expectation of God being exactly who He tells us He is and doing exactly what He says He will do.
All that because the New Living Translation chose to use the words great expectation rather than living hope (which we find in other translations). If you are one who doesn’t like that word difference, don’t stress it… expectation and living hope are the same thing. Both have us eagerly anticipating what we faithfully know will happen.