Friday, November 6, 2009

Expectations, Disappointment, and Love (Part Two)

God said, “I love you without expectation, which means I am never disappointed in you.”

Wow. That floored me. God doesn't expect things of me. God is not disappointed in me. At first that seemed really hard to swallow, because doesn't God have all these standards for my life? Doesn't He want me to live a way that is different from the world? Yes He does, but He cleared that up for me. Rather than expectation, God has hopes, dreams, and plans for my life (“'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the LORD. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'” [Jer. 29:11]). And when I mess up, He is saddened; when bad things happen in my life, His heart breaks for me because He wants the best in my life. But He is not disappointed. This brought so much freedom into my life!

And it also challenged me. If the Creator of the universe does not have ridiculously high expectations for my life, and if He is not disappointed in me, then what right do I have to set myself up for failure with expectations I can't meet? I have no reason to be disappointed in myself if God isn't disappointed in me.

Instead of being focused on me and my faults, I need to continually look to God and the hope I have with Him. I challenge you to do the same today, and the start again tomorrow, and the next day. Take it one day at a time, and know He loves you and loves relationship with you.

“Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth” (Col. 3:2).

“So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today” (Mat. 6:24).

Isaiah 43:4b:
“You are honored, and I love you.”

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