Reflections of Our Expectations
Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
Where are the expectations coming from?
- • We put unrealistic expectations on ourselves.
“When you are not YOU, we will miss out on knowing God better because you reflect His image in a unique and beautiful way.” – Dr. Caroline Leaf
“God has never looked in your mirror or mine and wished He saw someone else.” – Bob Goff
- • We put unrealistic expectations on others.
How would Jesus love?
Are you making room for others to be who God has created them to be?
- • We allow others to put unrealistic expectations on us.
Proverbs 4:23 – Guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.
We need to put our expectation on the One who created us….The Lord!
Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait patiently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him.
All of these expectations cause us to go down roads we don’t want to go down. Roads that lead to hurt and comparison and they steal our joy.
Philippians 4:8-9 – Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious---the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Three Reasons we put our expectations in the Lord:
1. God is good
James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Comparison is not the heart of God.
Isaiah 48:17 – I am the Lord your God who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go.
My God does not look for ways to punish me. He is looking for ways to save me and set me free. Your God isn’t out to get you. He died so that you might be saved.
2. God is Love and Grace
“The true evidence of someone who knows they are loved is that they love well.” – Lisa Bevere
Luke 7:47 – “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
She who is forgiven much loves much.
Romans 2:4- Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
If we want to love like He loved, we have to give grace like He gives grace.
“We learn grace from difficult people, they are our grace growers.” – Graham Cooke
3. God wants to work in us AND through us
Ultimately, we want to love well! We can only do that to the extent that we will receive God’s love for us and let him captivate our own heart.
Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait patiently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.