In Matthew 11, the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist, sent his disciples to inquire if Jesus was the long awaited Messiah that he had so faithfully spoken of in times past.
“So John called two of his disciples and sent them to ask the Lord, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” (Verse 19)
Biblical scholars suggest that John’s faith in the Messiah had wavered and he sent his disciples forward to the Savior to strengthen and confirm his own belief that the Word had really been made flesh while others interrupt his action as a strategic move to strengthen the faith of his followers who had become offended and discouraged by his own imprisonment.
“The men came to Jesus and said, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?’”… (Verse 20). Jesus graciously pointed them to what they have seen and heard. When they aligned what they had seen and heard with what the scriptures revealed, they were exposed to the Light that was made flesh before them.
God’s Messiahship as well as Lordship is revealed through His actions/deeds that always align with His word.
One couldn’t win with the people of Jesus’ time because their prejudices and fixed ideals and expectations guided their hearts and actions. They had a very specific idea of what the Messiah should have looked like, how he should have spoken, where he should have come from and where he should have invested his time. Any action or trait, teaching or miracle that found itself outside of that acceptable category was automatically rejected and labeled as “sinful” and unacceptable.
Sometimes it is difficult to reign in our prejudices and fixed ideals and expectations.
“Lord, I try my best with Your Spirit’s power to remain faithful to you. Why then if I am faithful, am I experiencing this crucible?”
We allow our expectations to guide our hearts and end up disappointed and hurt when they become unfulfilled and are not met. And as a defense mechanism, we create other expectations to pacify our disappointment.
“Maybe if I pray a little longer, the Lord will give me the desire of my heart.”
This habit manifests itself in our interpersonal relationships as well as our spiritual relationship with God.
Other times like John and his two disciples in our scriptural focus, our circumstances, reveal the essence of our expectations.
Still, even with our high propensity to we fall into the trap of finding comfort and security in expecting things, people and God to operate and function within a particular category or box, Jesus, graciously calls us to spend quality time with Him so that He can remove the blindfold of expectation that bounds our minds, hearts and eyes and reveal to us great truths of Himself, and our interpersonal relationships.
James 4: 8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Let us find ourselves set time apart to draw nearer to the heart of God so that He can rework our hearts and minds.
He calls us to a place of stillness, where He can open our spirits so that we can appreciate the things, people and situations that are fresh, unique and different in our lives.
Psalm 107:28-29, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Christ alone can still the powerful pull of expectations and snatch us from its twisted grasp.
He calls us to reason with Him so that the war of disappointment and disbelief that wages within our hearts, while we are imprisoned by expectations and prejudices, can end.
Isaiah 1:18, “Please come, and let’s reason together,” implores the LORD. “Even though your sins are like scarlet, they’ll be white like snow. Though they’re like crimson, they’ll become like wool.” It is more than an abracadabra transformation. Christ appeals to our emotions, logic and intellect as He frees us from thoughts, ideas and ideals that imprison us.
Lord I surrender my expectations to you. I leave them at Your feet. Open my spirit so that I can embrace and appreciate what You have blessed me with that is greater than what my expectations, preferences, ideals and ideas perceived. Stir my spirit yet keep it still, so that I cannot miss the transforming work You are completing within me.
Love, peace and light
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