Revising Our Expectations

The psalmist said that the Lord made known His ways to Moses but His acts to the children of Israel (Ps. 103:7). We have a God who doesn’t do anything arbitrarily. He’s quite deliberate in what He does, and He is very specific in dealing with His creation.

It takes a lifetime to understand the ways of God. But the more we understand them, the more we understand who He is. For His ways give us insight into His character.

Each Christian has an expectation of who God is and how He should act under certain circumstances. When the Lord doesn’t act according to our expectations, our faith gets tested. Some people are “offended” and fall away. Note the words of Jesus Himself about this.

Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me. (Luke 7:23)

Here’s the context behind those words. John the Baptist had just been put in a dark, cold prison. John’s prison experience caused him to doubt that his cousin was in fact the Messiah. So John sent emissaries to Jesus asking Him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:19).

Jesus’ reply to John is straight from Isaiah 61: “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” But Jesus leaves out one very telling phrase, the one John would have expected: to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

John never left the prison.

“Blessed are those who do not fall away from me, especially when I do not meet their expectations.”

Excerpted from Revise Us Again by Frank Viola Author

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