Do you ever feel disappointed in life, as if it is a series of unmet expectations? Maybe you have become frustrated and doubt God’s plan for you.
After all, you didn’t expect your…
– marriage to crumble
– kids to drift away
– friend to betray you
– health to deteriorate
– people to lie about you
– church to hurt you
– finances to disappear
– God to say no to your request
I understand. It’s familiar ground…common ground. But I am not the only one who can relate to your suffering. Jesus understands too. He personally identifies with our pain because He was not only fully divine but also fully human. He knows what it’s like to have a friend betray Him, people lie about Him or family drift away. But as much as He gets it…He doesn’t want the pain to get you. He can’t stand the thought of us anchoring ourselves to the hurt. It is unbearable to Him for our identity to be twisted and distorted by the pain of unmet expectations.
There is nothing wrong with the many things we hope for and expect.
But we live in an imperfect, broken world with imperfect, broken people…including ourselves! And when you and I place our identity and hope in imperfection and brokenness…we’ll be disappointed…every…single…time.
Pete Scazzero says, “God often uses pain to get us to change…Unless there is sufficient discomfort and anguish, most will not do the hard work to take a deep, honest look inside.”
Perhaps this is an opportunity for Jesus to expose who or what we’re putting our trust in. Where are we looking for our peace? What people and circumstances have we elevated and positioned as Messiah our Savior?
Before Jesus was betrayed and was crucified, He spent time with his friends and reminded them of the truth. Things were about to get messy. Circumstances were about to change. There was going to be trouble. Jesus wanted to make sure that they did not define their future and find their footing in their unmet expectations.
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. Do don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
I’ve got to admit…I look for peace in all the wrong places. Maybe you do too.
The good news is that God loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to be lost in the muck and mire of unmet expectations. He doesn’t want us to confuse good and godly things for God. He wants us to anchor ourselves to Him and Him alone. That is how we receive the gift – peace of mind and heart.
So I wonder…
*Where are you looking for your peace?
*What person or circumstances are you elevating and positioning as your Savior?
Spend some time talking to Jesus about it. He knows. He understands. He offers you the gift of peace and mind of heart.
And when you find yourself dealing with unmet expectations declare…
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:5-8 NLT