A husband, being unhappy with his wife’s mood swings, bought her a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor her moods. They’d discovered that when she was in a good mood, it turned green. When she was in a bad mood, it left a big red mark on his forehead. Maybe next time he'll buy her a diamond. Expectations can be so disappointing, even painful!
Proverbs 21:2: “Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.”
What do you expect when you come to church? Think about that for a second. I hear you. But, maybe the real question is, “What does God expect?” Have we asked that question lately?
Our expectations will be shaped by our heart. God’s word says that “every man’s way is right in his own eyes.” We justify our behavior and our expectations. We deserve this, we think that, and we feel like we feel. But do you see the value God places on our feelings and our perspective. Not much! He weighs the heart! He knows that if our heart is not in the right place, everything else will be twisted. Our expectations are also shaped by our environment or our perception of that environment. So, how do you see your spiritual life? Are we expecting a playground or a battle ground? If we’re expecting a playground, it’s all about our enjoyment, entertainment, and comfort. If we’re expecting a battleground, we come prepared to do battle with the enemy, fighting for something bigger than ourselves! Imagine the danger if we’re expecting a playground, but we’re entering a battle ground! We must realize that we are on a battle field.
II Timothy 2:4: “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”
We need to put our minds on things above, not the things of the world. Focus on the Lord and pleasing Him, serving Him, honoring Him, not ourselves.
Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
We’re on the battle ground, not a playground, expect the struggle, but also expect the power of God to work in you and on you as you live to please the Lord God Almighty.