Ever have a friend build something up raising your expectations and later you’re disappointed because it just wasn’t as great as you had hoped? It is rare that what we imagine or hear about ever meets our expectations. When an expectation is created, our minds and hearts exaggerate and intensify the inherent value of a person, event or experience often leaving us disappointed when reality is met.
When the Queen of the South finally met King Solomon at the height of his piety and power, she said to the him, “The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard.”
Her expectations were far out-done. She is far from regretting the expense of her journey and gifts because the reality of who he was far exceeded his fame and reputation. He was at least twice as good as she had heard! Solomon was ALL THAT and MORE.
If you could interview the Saints who have gone on to glory and ask them if their expectations were met as they met Christ and experienced heaven, they would say, “I’ve been in church my whole life and heard preachers tell about how great He is and the magnificence of heaven, but I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even a fraction was told me; Christ has far exceeded my expectations!”
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” – 1 Cor. 2:9