Exodus 5:18

18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”

The slave drivers were given orders from the Pharaoh to stop delivering straw to the Israelites. He was punishing them to teach them a lesson. The thing about it was the Pharaoh still expected the Israelite workers to produce the same amount of straw they had been before. The reality was that this was nearly impossible.

I’m sure you have seen pictures that say, “Expectation vs. Reality” and usually its someone who expects to look great and in reality does not. Expectations can be tricky, but I have found a few ways to manage our expectations that I would love for you to consider.

This is from an article “What Christians want to Know” and it says, “When dealing with motivation from the flesh, your expectations will always be directed from self-fulfillment which makes them sinful expectations. Expectations can be amazing things when they are thought of in the Spirit!” What’s this really mean? It is okay to live with expectation, but be careful what your expectations are directed by.

Lets talk about Jesus. I have a confident expectation about Heaven. I expect to go there. I expect you to go there as well! In John the Bible tells us that, “… whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.” I want me some of that! Jesus died so this would be true for everyone. We can have confident expectation of this truth.

What do I expect of Jesus?

What does Jesus expect of me?

Dear Lord, thank you for expectation, for it gives us hope. Thank you for Jesus, for He is hope. Help us to expect more of ourselves. Knowing we will never be perfect and you love us anyway. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman


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