Unmet Expectations

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." - Luke 23:46
Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Unmet expectations. You have them. I have them. The past couple of Easter weekends have not been what we expected.

The Jews and Jesus followers during His time on Earth experienced similar disappointment. They’d been expecting their Messiah to be a majestic warrior king who would overthrow their enemies in a glorious display of power.

Instead, the Messiah came as a baby born to a poor family in a dirty barn. And it seemed He didn’t conquer anyone. He died! And not just any death – a shameful crucifixion.

It looked like defeat.

We call it Good Friday today, but for them, it was far from good. “Disappointing” is an understatement.

It’s human nature to dream, to have desires and expectations. It’s not wrong.

But we set ourselves up for disappointment when we try to put God in a box, to mold and shape Him into an image of our choosing (like His people in Exodus 32).

We don’t recognize His mighty, miraculous work in our lives when we cling too tightly to our own vision of how things should be.

When we try to dictate how God’s work in our lives must look, we worship a false god.

Our God is bigger than a coronavirus. He’s richer than the entire global economy. He’s more powerful than Russia. His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

So today, on this Good Friday that looks very different from what we’d imagined, let’s:

  • LOOK UP and see Jesus as He really is.
  • LOOK AROUND and see the work God is actually doing (and has already done), even if it looks unlike our expectations.
  • LOOK INSIDE our own hearts, identify the false gods and fleshly expectations we’re clinging to, and lay them down at the foot of the cross.

Let’s celebrate Jesus, who knows a thing or two about surrendering His own will.

He is worthy!

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