In the state of loose association, in which I live, I began a stream of thought contrasting desire and expectation. I desire (Webster defines this as - a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen) to be in tip top shape as evidenced by more plans of action to accomplish this than Carter has Liver Pills. I live with the expectation of falling off the band wagon of the latest plan within a very short period of time. (Webster defines expectations as -a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future) The key difference in these two definitions is very important. On one hand we have a "feeling" and the other we have a "belief". It seems to be a matter of intensity or degree. My feelings do not always hold true. My beliefs are tried and true and normally based upon wisdom gained by experiences. I desire to live a healthy life to the very last minute, but I have no expectation of that happening. Mother Nature wins--our bodies wear out..
NOW---as I began to circle the wagons on this trek of loose association---I ended with what God's desires and expectations are for each of us. He desires for us to live according to His Word which He so graciously gifted us with. He expects for us to fail--for He knows we are human and have feet of clay. He desires for us to seek Him--come to know Him--follow Him. His expectations are the sure knowledge we are not capable of doing this. SO---he gave us a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. He provided a bridge between His desires and the sure expectation that we are not able. Jesus became our bridge when we are unable to live up to God's desires. Once we turn to Him--we meet God's every expectation--as we are colored by the righteousness of Jesus. We live up to His every expectation by declaring our desire to follow Him. Could it be any easier to live up to His expectations than this? I think not!
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him