In the world but not of it

October 20, 2010


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He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. Romans 4:21

We live with an interesting paradox in our lives that we all acknowledge intellectually but cannot seem to live out practically when it matters most.

When it comes to God, my expectations of Him are too low.

When it comes to people, my expectations of them are too high.

Thus my life can become an emotional wreck because my expectations are misplaced entirely.

If you consider the things in your life that cause you the most stress they are typically tied to expectations.

Abraham was “fully convinced” which means he was completely persuaded and had no room in his heart and mind to question the promises God had given to him.

Are you fully convinced and persuaded about God’s promises for your life? Is there any ounce of doubt in your heart right now that the Lord will do what He has said in His word concerning your life and the circumstances surrounding it? Is Philippians 1:6 just a theory on what God may do when it says He is faithful to complete the work and plan for our lives?

You and I get upset with people because we expect them to live up to a standard that they are incapable of doing most of the time; standards that we place on them and often ones we can’t meet ourselves. At times we expect them to live up to God’s word which is a commendable expectation if they are believers and have been walking with the Lord long enough to know better but usually we apply those expectations as a blanket to all Christians we know regardless of their maturity in the Lord.

We do it to our spouse, to our children, to our co-workers and family. We even do it to ourselves.

Misplaced expectations are likely one of the single largest reasons for the problems, stresses and anxieties we experience.

“This life was not intended to be the place of our perfection, but the preparation for it.”

Richard Baxter 1615-1691


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