What Do You Expect?
Jesus said these words to His Sermon on the Mount. In my opinion the most famous sermon of all time. Here Jesus redefined faith in action. My people believe in God, but they didn't know how to practice their faith. The Judaistic leaders of that day had warped the Law of Moses to serve themselves. That's why Jesus called them a pit full of snakes.
Matthew 7:7 isn't a golden credit card from God that says, "Whatever you ask for you will get." It is a spiritual principle that says God loves us. That He will show His love through His provision in our lives. That going to Him with our needs will not be a fruitless endeavor. That if we want to be in the presence of God, we can be in the presence of God.
What do you expect from people?
Often times people come to me with their complaints about how someone isn't meeting their expectations. Their disappointment is evident, and the action they take will probably cause. But reality will tell us that people will fail us, disappoint us, make mistakes and even abandon us. What is my point? Do you place your future in the hands of Jesus or in the hands of people?
What do you expect from Jesus?
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus made a promise over 2,000 years ago that if we seek Him, He would be there. That never has nor will it ever change. One person says that there are 3573 promises in the Bible. Another says that there are 5467. I don't know which one is correct, but the bottom line is there are a lot of them. What can you expect from Jesus? That He will consistently keep His promises now and forever. So, do you place your future in the promises that people make or that Jesus makes?
But Pastor, I have to trust my spouse, my friends, my boss . . . Got it! You're right, you have to. But you know as well as I do that there are no perfect relationships (people make mistakes) and that no can predict the future. But when you place your faith in Christ, He orders and directs your life. He knows how to navigate your life through the minefields you face every day.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I place my faith and my expectations in You today. AMEN
P.S. Why am I blogging every other day? Well, it wasn't by design. The project that my church is working on is really ramping up. It's going to be great when it's finished. But it is taking a considerable amount of my time. So hang in there with me. Normal will return soo.