MARK 15: 12-14; Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!” Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!” (NKJV)
I have heard it said that one of the greatest sources of anger is failed expectations. We get angry and frustrated when our desires are not met. Sometimes people meet our expectations and sometimes they even exceed our expectations, but many times they don’t even get close. Our expectations of others are set by our own rule and standards, and when people don’t perform to our standards, we get disappointed. When you expect too much from people, you set yourself up for disappointment because people are limited.
Some of the same people who shouted “Hallelujah” when Jesus rode into Jerusalem screamed for His death a few days later. Jesus was not what people expected. They were upset that He didn’t take over Jerusalem. They didn’t understand from the prophecies that the messiah would come to suffer and then rule. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, people were hoping that He would finally put an end to Roman Tyranny. The Jews had been enslaved and persecuted ever since they were in Egypt. They were weary. Jesus came to deliver His people and ALL people, past, present, and future from the worst form of slavery ever, slavery to sin. With that deliverance comes the promise that Jesus will conquer death for good.
Have you ever felt like God let you down? Have you been angry with Him for not delivering you from trouble at a time when you thought that He should? Yes! I know you’ve been there. Have you been worn out from battles in your own life? It looked like God was setting things up to improve but the circumstances went in a different direction. We are often disappointed with what God does because we don’t recognize what God is doing. Most people don’t understand this. Maybe you are feeling let down by God, especially after it looked like He was about to intervene. Consider this ~ maybe God is delivering you from something greater through your situation. God’s deliverance in our lives is not a predictable thing.
Psalm 25:3; Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. (NKJV)
. Lord, even in difficult times, help me to trust that your intentions for my life are good and not evil.
. I will not put you in a box Lord, have your way in my life.
. As I wait on you Lord, my deliverance and miracles will not elude me.
Ponder on this
Simple things become complicated when you expect too much.
Your expectations will not be cut off in the mighty name of Jesus.