Of course, we know better—but we still lean on the side of expecting blessing for obedience.
The truth is, we have expectations of God. And sometimes, honestly, He fails those expectations.
We Have Expectations of the Expected One
We’re not alone in our expectations. Do you remember that John the Baptist struggled with his own sermon?
He had proclaimed the Messiah’s kingdom coming with power and justice.
But instead, Jesus’ ministry centered on preaching and on acts of mercy, and John found himself unfairly wasting away in prison at Machaerus near the blistering shores of the Dead Sea.
Gentle Jesus hardly seemed the political Deliverer everyone expected.
Unable to reconcile the seeming contradictions, and imprisoned in his thoughts, John doubted his own message. John sent messengers to ask Jesus, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3).
In other words, the Expected One had certain expectations placed upon Him.
When we struggle to connect truth with life, we must embrace the limitations of our understanding—and also the limitlessness of God’s.
In response to John in prison at Machaerus, Jesus graciously challenged him to shape his expectations from the Word of God and not from the circumstances that seemed to contradict it: “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me” (Matthew 11:6).
We should never judge God’s love for us based on our present circumstances.
Why Jesus Disappoints Us
Jesus was willing to disappoint everyone but the Father. Everyone.
Ponder that for a moment.
Jesus loved His followers enough to disappoint them, to allow them to question His power and to struggle against their own expectations, in order that they could experience true joy in the long term.
Jesus is willing to disappoint you for the same reason.
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