Before the Israelites entered the Promised Land, once again, God went through His expectations of them regarding the offerings and sacrifices they were to bring to Him at the sanctuary. This included daily offerings, Sabbath offerings, monthly offerings, and sacrifices to be offered during The Passover and The Festival of Weeks. With daily, weekly, monthly, and annual sacrifices prescribed, it sounds like God wanted the Israelites to come see Him often.
God asked the Israelites to do these things in order to help them have a good relationship with Him. This was, quite frankly, unheard of in Biblical times. Every other nation had its gods, to be sure, but those gods didn’t actually exist. As a result, the people who were trying to serve or appease these gods were left to devise their own rituals and traditions of worship. Not knowing anything about these gods, they were left to the trial-and-error system of figuring out what would either please or anger the gods.
But Israel was different. They had a God who came to them. They had a God who wanted to have a relationship with them. They had a God who wanted to live with them. They had a God who initiated a covenant with them — a contract that included a list of responsibilities on both sides. God had expectations of the Israelites, but He also promised to fulfill responsibilities for them. No other god had ever done such a thing (of course, because there is no other god).
God has expectations of us. Sometimes we chafe against that. But when you really think about it, the fact that God has expectations of us means He really cares about us. Think about the relationships you have. Each one has a different set of expectations, depending on the type and quality of the relationship. But when you don’t have expectations of a person, it’s usually because your opinion of them is so low that you know better than to actually expect something from them.
That God has expectations of us is an indication of just how highly He thinks of us. He loves us. He wants to have an intimate relationship with us. And He’s not afraid to let us know just what He expects!