I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NIV).
What is a promise? A promise is a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specific. Once a promise is declared, the person receiving the promise expects it to be fulfilled. But sometimes we have the wrong expectations.
For example: when a man and a woman get married, both of them carry different expectations. The man may expect his wife to act like his mother, cooking and cleaning for him all the time. Upon realizing that his wife is not his mom, he may become disappointed.
Most Christians get upset with God because they have wrong expectations.
Many of us are taught to believe that if we follow Christ, our lives will be free from troubles, whether it’s financial, relational, or ministry related. However, Jesus did not say that we will not have troubles (John 16). He said that even when we are faced with troubles, we can still have peace because He is greater than any of the life challenges that we face. Be assured that He is always faithful; He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Today, we have learned not to have the wrong expectations from God and His promises. Once we understand this, we will not be disappointed in our walk with Christ.
Lord, I pray for the wisdom to discern between the truth of God’s Word and the opinions of people. Help me to reflect on my life. If there is any bitterness that has not been healed, bring it to light so I may confess it and be healed. And help me to have accurate expectations for the next 21 days. In the name of Jesus. Amen.