Aligning Our Expectations with God's Reality

Aligning Our Expectations with God's Reality


1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.”

As I watched my children running joyfully in the play area, I couldn’t help but contrast their merriment with the whirlwind of emotions within me. Their father, my husband, had just arrived with the news that he had been laid off from his job at the church. In an instant, we were no longer pastors, no longer serving in the ministry, and no longer walking the path I had envisioned. I found myself questioning if we were still ‘us.’

We, as followers of Christ, carry our visions and expectations of what our lives should be. We envision fulfillment, reward, safety, happiness, and even ease. However, when our reality does not match these expectations, we often feel that something must be amiss.

The truth is, as the Scripture indicates, our Christian journey is meant to be challenging, full of obstacles, and sometimes filled with suffering. These struggles are not a sign that something is wrong; they are the tests and trials that refine us, build our character, and deepen our faith.

Today, let’s spend some time confessing our expectations to God and acknowledging our confusion when life deviates from our plans. As we surrender our expectations to Him, let us ask for His help in accepting life as it is, with all its challenges and unexpected hardships. We can take comfort knowing that our struggles are not in vain; they are part of our journey towards the glory of God’s kingdom.


What expectations have you carried in your Christian journey, and how have they influenced your perspective on faith and life?

Can you recall a time when you faced unexpected challenges or suffering that tested your faith? How did that experience impact your relationship with God and your understanding of His plan for your life?