Expectations. Christmas is the season for expectations. Expectations are at times necessary and good, but if they are unrealistic or self-centered they can become stumbling blocks in our lives.We all have expectations. We have expectations for ourselves, our future, our spouse, our family, our friends, and even of God. Sometimes we judge people based on these expectations. If others do not meet our expectations, we are often angry and disappointed by their failure. Many times, we fail to contemplate whether our expectations are realistic to begin with.
Unmet expectations are bound to happen. We are sinful people. We let people down and others let us down as well. But we often allow unmet expectations to get in the way of what God is doing in our lives. We dwell on our disappointments instead of asking God to show us what He wants us to learn from the experience or situation that is turning out differently than we had hoped.
Jesus, He Is Not What You Expect
Over 2,000 years ago, there were a lot of people who had expectations about the coming Messiah. They expected Him to be an impressive and inspiring leader who would set the Jews free from Roman rule and bring political freedom. They expected the Messiah to be a triumphant and majestic king fit for royalty.
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