Footsteps in Faith: God won’t disappoint his followers when it comes to expectations

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Maj.) Ken Hubbs
Strong Bonds Chaplain, U.S. Army-Pacific 



It seems that most folks who know the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, or Mark Twain, have at least one or two favorite quotes by him.

One of mine is, “In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has.”

It gave me a chuckle, and then it gave me pause for thought. Like so many things attributed to him, the humor is inescapable, but deeper layers of thought are also present.

How true it is that our lives rarely turn out as we plan. Or sometimes, we finally get something after working so hard to achieve it, but when we do, it’s never like what we thought.

New Soldiers come to the Army with certain expectations – colored by the veterans, families and friends they talked to before joining – only to find that basic training is nothing like anyone predicted. The entire military career tends to follow the same unpredictable line.

Marriages rarely turn out like we think, or want. Retirement is never what it’s cracked up to be. Children are determined to go their own way, frustrating every parent’s expectations.

No amount of spin can change reality, though our perception of reality is always up for grabs. Disappointment is usually the product of our own frustrated perceptions.

The great thing about heaven is, no matter how wild your imagination may run, it will never match the reality of eternity with God.

Sometimes in life, we set our sights too high. In the here and now, expectations often exceed reality, but in the hereafter, reality is set to shock and awe continuously.

Once we make a commitment to give our lives over to God, he most certainly showers blessings on us, although he also allows hardship and testing to be part of our lives for us to grow and mature.

The real payoff is later, and faith is trusting in that truth. The real deal is that God never disappoints, and he never fails to fulfill his promises.

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