Don’t Live With Disappointment Anymore
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Last week, when Rob was teaching on Sunday, he said, “Our unmet expectations are actually misplaced expectations.” We often put our hope and joy in the wrong people.
And this hope will not lead to disappointment... I must place all of my hopes and expectations for my relationships on God. People will disappoint me, but God never will. What does that even look like?
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Philippians 4:6-7
Tell God what I need rather than tell the person I expect to get my need from. Let there be time for the other party to listen to the Holy Spirit rather then forcing them to listen to me and my demands. Rob also said that when we put all of our expectations on God, who is miraculous and amazing by the way, it takes all the pressure off of our loved ones too! How kind is that?
God want me to just enjoy my husband, for example. If we don’t see eye to eye on a matter, it’s ok. God will talk to me about it; I can allow God to talk to him about it, and I can allow God to sustain me rather then forcing my expectations on Rob and doing whatever it takes to get my way. God’s way sounds much more enjoyable for both of us, doesn’t it?
My job is to not see God as such a small aspect in my life. He is HUGE! He is capable of more than I can ask for, think of, or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). My success and self-worth should not be coming from my relationships but from the One, True, Living God who has already given me these things through his generous love and amazing Son, Jesus.
Thank you so much for the TRUTH in your Word and in who you are in my life. Thank you for the relationships you have given to me and the freedom to enjoy them because I depend upon you to meet my needs. I depend upon you to never let me down, and I depend upon you to never leave me alone, to not be disappointed in me or wish I were different. You are my Dad, and I thank you for loving me exactly as I am and giving me everything I need for my life. I love you and thank you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.