Open Expectations -stay open to what God has in store for the next chapter; it may not fall under the well-organized plan you have for your life. Be open to God allow Him to lead and you follow.
Scripture Reading 1 Samuel 8: 1-22
Verse: 19-20 “But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No! They said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
Starting a new chapter is frightening and scary, as soon as a new episode starts in our lives, we tend to revert to our comfortable habits. This is a dance the Israelites would do for decades, and we as Christians do today. We compare our lives to the lives of others. Wanting to be thinner, famous, rich, etc.; however, we lose sight that our Father, our God created it all. We can have whatever we want if we are grown enough spiritually to handle it. This was never truer for me than when I almost lost my apartment due to poor budgeting. I damaged a friendship over money and took my financial responsibilities for granted. I wanted a king that I could go to for help, a bailout if you will. Instead, I got a Father that walked me through this period of my life. He taught me that I need to look at the mess that I created and take responsibility for it. There was no other way I could gain financial freedom. Was it easy? No! Did I enjoy the process digging myself out of the debt that I created, No! Am I better for it? Yes! I learned that even when I created the mess that my Heavenly Father was there with me. He taught me to refocus and discipline my mind by focusing on the things of our Lord and (Savior) Jesus Christ. According to (James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.) Leaning and trusting God may seem difficult but keep trying it’s worth it. When we seek other kings to bail us out of the tough times, we will always fall short. Let me be clear, God wants His children to live well. He just wants us to recognize and hold him in his rightful place in our lives; the Center. In (Matthew 6: 31-34 it states, “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’2 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”) I challenge you today to stop worrying; many of us have lived a life full of worry and anxiety. How is that working for you? Try something new. Trust GOD by putting in the work, believe in Him and yourself, you will see the change. Keep your expectations open to where God is leading you, He turned a former prostitute into a key historical figure in the lineage of Christ. What will He do for you if you open your heart to Him and allow Him to guide your expectations? God is committed to your success even in the middle of the mess.
This blog post if from my devotional book