On Expectations

 

Man Praying

From Acts 1-10. Mixing NIV and the Message.

 

“He looked up, expecting to get something from them”

 

The story goes that Peter and John were walking through a temple gate, one called Beautiful. Lying at the foot of this passage was a cripple. Every day someone (likely a friend) would carry him up to the same spot to sit and beg for money. This was a lifelong routine, his body broken since birth.

 

As Peter and John approached the entrance, Peter looked down and told the invalid to

Look up!

 

“He looked up, expecting to get something from them”

 

Peter whispered to him,

 

“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have, I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

 

The Word says the man’s twig ankles became full and strength returned to his legs and soon enough, he was dancing around inside the temple.

 

One thing I forgot to mention in previous posts about New Years is that there’s a difference between resolutions and expectations. Resolutions rely on you, expectations we project onto God. This isn’t a bad thing.

Don’t go to Him this year with what strength you have left and assume this will be a tag team effort. Go to him expecting everything. Nothing held back. Expect the unexpected. Expect the world at your feet. Expect that good people will come. Know that the world will keep spinning. Expect consistency and surprise. Expect to be spoiled. Expect grace undeserved. Expect that He will never stop holding you.

 

Expect new feet to walk on.

 

Don’t beg for silver and gold when salvation and grace are arms length away.

 C.S. Lewis once said.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

 

 

Blessings to you and yours,

RR

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