Misplaced Expectations

Our misplaced expectations can lead us to usurp God’s rightful place. Remember, the enemy of our soul tried to usurp God’s place. Nothing we do will sway our Lord. His attributes remain unchanged and steadfast no matter what we want Him to do for us. Expectation is hope. Have you ever hoped that the Lord would do something in a certain way? When he failed to meet your expectations how did you react? 


You see, it is all a set up to get us to believe satan’s lies so that he can control us. Then through our disobedience usurp God’s plan for our lives. He hates God, and he hates us because we are made in God’s image. We are called to walk as Jesus walked. We are brought into intimate communion with the Lover of our soul. We are His body, and He is our Head. He has called us to walk in all that He has purposed for us. Yet, we can get derailed through misplaced expectations.


Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that He  should lie, nor a son of man, that He should  repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” David understood. Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.” Verse 5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”


What can we expect from the Lord? We can list any or all of His known attributes, and be confident that He will fulfill them. Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”


Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” I love to look at the skyline as I go on my daily walk. The heavens are filled with His artistic cloud formations. Proverbs 3:19 says, “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens.” He asked Job questions in Job 38. Verse 4 says, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…” Verse 6 says, “To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone?”


When our expectations are on what we want God to do for us, or on others, or circumstantial changes, we error. We set ourselves up for broken expectations. There is no one, anything, or situation that we can rely on. Psalm 118:8-9 says, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”


What are the lies in expectations? They are myriad. I remember standing in my living room in 1967. I had just bought my first house ($10,500 with $86.00 a month mortgage payment). I cried out to the Lord, “Who am I? I have to be this for that person…” I was raised as a preacher’s kid and there seemed to be a lot of expectations. It set me up for self-rejection, discouragement, and guilt. I believed those lies. I was bound by them for years. 


I want to encourage you to be all that God created you to be. You are uniquely you. You are created for the good works that God preordained for you. Only you, and you alone, can walk in them. He has abundant provision. John 3:34 Amplified says, “For since He Whom God has sent speaks the words of God (proclaims God’s own message). God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit!”

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