January 24, Expectations

Today’s reading: Psalms 116-120

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans” - Psalm 118:8.

It is inevitable that at times you will disappoint those closest to you and those closest to you will disappoint you. This can happen through a simple daily event, a casual comment, or a serious life matter in which you were counting on another person for support and help but they were unable to deliver according to your expectations. The closer the person is to you, the more painful the disappointment can be. The Apostle Paul knew this kind of pain for he wrote: “You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes” (2 Timothy 1:15). Armed with the knowledge of this reality, you are best served if you put high expectations on the Lord who will never desert or betray you. It would also help if you adjust the unrealistic expectations you have of others meeting your needs, realizing that you are just as capable of disappointing them, thus extending grace when they fall short.