In Part 1 of this post, we talked about letting go of our expectations for those in our lives and to instead – love as Christ loves – with no expectations and no conditions.
But what happens when we start to expect God to do what we want Him to do rather than trusting who He has always been?
If we ask God to deliver us in a certain way and He does not, how will we respond? If we face much more suffering than we ever imagined, and we expect God to miraculously take it all away, but He does not, will our hearts reject Him? If we see brokenness and we expect God to make things whole sooner than later, but He does not, will we continue to trust Him?
Remember Job? He is known to be a man who was faithful to God and chose God through complete loss and great suffering. But Job also wanted answers. He wanted to know why and expected God to give a good enough answer. But God made it really clear to Job that is not how things work. God is God. And man is man. Here are some questions God asked Job to challenge him and to make it clear that He has it all under control:
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?…Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness?…Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness? | Job 38:5-8, 12-13
God goes on for a few chapters with these challenging questions and thoughts. It is clear that Job has no place to question God or to expect Him to act differently than He has. Job definitely was not there when God laid the foundations of the earth. Job had no part in deciding the dimensions of the land or the water. He did not help God control the waves or advise God what time would be best for the sunrise and the sunset. And neither did we. As I write, I look out the window and see the trees swaying in the wind, am I telling the trees to move? Am I telling the clouds to stay still or the birds to sweetly chirp as they fly by? We can’t even fathom all that God is in control of.
We may want God to change some things for us and not be so in control. We may want Him to rewrite a few lines in this chapter of life, but we should think about that carefully. Will we accept that He has all the pieces of our lives in His loving and tender hands? Will we accept that He has written it all out and expect that whatever it is, it is the best? Will we trust Him?
When we keep our eyes on Christ we can expect HIM to be faithful. We can expect HIM to deliver. We can expect HIM to always come through. He is the one who will not disappoint. We never have to expect that He will change. He cannot. He will not. He will always be good. He will always be just. He will always be Lord. He will always be in control.
When the bar is set too high for God…well, that is not possible. We do not have the ability to set the bar too high for God. He is greater. He is better. He is stronger. He is faster. He is everything and more. He is perfect. And His ways are perfect. Just as God gave Job a glimpse into what He does and has done, let us be ready and willing to be humbled and to have eyes to see how wonderful He is.