But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 2 Kings 5:11
The same deceiver that spoke to Eve is whispering deceptive lies to us. These lies form into faulty expectations of things we think God should do or ways we believe He should act. In essence we present an agenda, not a request list, to God. Without realizing it, we create a God in our image instead of allowing God to create us into His image.
As Naaman’s faulty expectations nearly robbed him of healing, even so, our expectations blind us from seeing who God is and what He wants to do in us: changing us to reflect His likeness.
Until we surrender what we want God to do, and stop defining the way we want Him to work, we rob ourselves from discovering who God really is and we miss His transforming power to change us.
We desperately need to return to Christ’s model of prayer: “Yet, not my will, but yours be done.” (Matt. 26:39) The challenge is dying to our expectations. Christ’s confidence that His Father wanted what was best allowed him to surrender His desires for God’s. It is a trust in our Loving God that allows us to release the blinding expectations that separate us from discovering Him.
- Ask God to show you faulty expectations you have of Him.
- Ask God to help you release your faulty expectations allowing you to discover His greater plans for your life (and for others).