Expectations are a funny thing.
When the weather doesn’t cooperate with our plans, it can be really frustrating.
I am seeing a lot of weather-induced frustration this Spring. People are frustrated that frosty temperatures and snow are keeping us indoors for a few more weekends than usual. So we “plow through” knowing that Spring has to happen sooner or later.
Unmet expectations in the weather create frustration; unmet expectations in our God create something worse.
Case in point.
Unmet expectations are probably the greatest single reason why young people chuck their faith when they move away from the more predictable roofs of their parents. Their faith, untested in new surroundings, fails them in a weak moment. Then doubt creeps in leaving them frustrated and feeling alone.
God didn’t meet their expectations, or act in the way they thought he should and they begin to question his faithfulness.
Truth be told, this happens to all of us at some time or other. But that’s why we have the Bible. To be reminded that He is always there. Fortunately, none of us are ever alone. As the psalmist says, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Psalm 139: 7-8
Jesus is always close because by his Spirit, he is omnipresent.
I love these words from Paul when addressing the Greeks in Athens:
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17: 26-27
Paul had great expectations that God was close and therefore, able to save all men. Even, the pagan Greeks of Athens who worshiped Zeus, Artemis and Poseidon were not beyond discovering the one true God of the Universe.
If Paul knew the nearness of the Savior in a pagan society, we can trust that our Savior remains equally close to those who have temporarily lost their way. And if he’s near, we can have hope that the lost will find their way home.
Oh, the faithfulness of God!
Something to think about.