Thursday, September 27, 2007

Faulty Expectations

When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray, he specifically taught them how to pray for food.

Give us today our daily bread. -- Matthew 6:11 (NIV)

It's interesting to me that he didn't instruct the disciples to pray "give me today enough bread for the rest of the week." But instead, he said to ask for just enough for the day.

Too often I let my expectations get in the way of what I really need. I expect to have plenty to eat. I expect my car to run properly, and when it doesn't, I expect to be able to pay for a new one! I expect people to listen to me when I talk to them. I expect those around me to do things exactly as I would do them.

When I place my own expectations on things, however, I put blinders on to God's provision. I expect God to come through in a certain way, and I miss that He's working behind the scenes or in a different way.

What expectations do you have that get in the way of recognizing God's provision?

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