Archive for the ‘Expectations’ Category

When My Plans Compete With God’s

June 25, 2010

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Shortly after leaving the elementary classroom in order to pursue my “next chapter” as a writer, I purchased tickets to attend a writer’s conference and flew 735 miles to pitch my study guide to a publishing agent. Upon arriving, I was informed that the agent scheduled to meet with me was sick and wouldn’t be attending.

This discovery devastated me and shattered all my plans. My investment of time, money, and energy was non-refundable. In my highly emotional state I retreated to my room, fell to my knees, and I’m uncertain whether I did more praying or crying. For a brief moment, I quieted myself to whisper a plea for God to somehow reveal His plan in the midst of my disappointment.

While reaching for a tissue, my eyes glanced at the title of my study guide, “Embracing Joy Whatever Your Experience.” It was then that it hit, the outcomes I desired for this conference were my desires that I formed into my plans and assumed they were God’s desires. It was time to surrender my failed plans and invite God to reveal what he desired for me thorough this conference.

Although I didn’t leave the conference with a book contract, I left free of personal desires that would have blinded me from discovering God’s plans for me during this conference.  

Personal Response

  • Be aware of the danger in assuming your desires and plans are God’s.
  • Ask God not to bless what you are doing but to help you do what He wants to bless.

When Expectations Blind

June 21, 2010

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.

Personal Response 

  • 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).