• cross mosaic
  • You Are Not What I Expected Part 1

    Part one of a 3-part series dealing with a difficult question:
    “What happens when God doesn't meet my expectations?”

    John the Baptist is facing serious discouragement, doubt and despair. This makes sense given John’s situation — imprisoned, rejected, and soon to be executed for following God’s call to herald Jesus as the Messiah.

    The Root of the Problem: Misunderstanding Jesus We must be careful not to fall into the trap of assuming that we “get it” when it comes to knowing the fullness of God’s plans.

    Three Misunderstandings John had About Jesus:

    His Method
    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.”
    (Isaiah 55:8)

    His Timing
    “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
    (2 Peter 3:9)

    His Heart
    “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
    (John 3:17)

    Even today, these misunderstandings about God’s will lead many of us to discouragement, doubt and despair.

    Can we acknowledge that God’s ways are not our ways, that God is not slow, and that His heart for the world is ? If we have patience and faith to persevere to the end, we will find that all things have been working together for the good of those who love him — even the hard things.

    We Have Seen His Glory

    May God be praised on the brightest day as well as the darkest night of our souls.
    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
    (Romans 8:28)

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    John the Baptist Asks a Question

    1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

    2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

    4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

    Blog Category: 

    Share this post

    Leave a comment

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

    About Us

    This blog is written by leaders of SVCC. The people who write here are not perfect or "holier than thou."  They just strive to seek after God with all their hearts.

    We hope that God will speak to you as you read the words He's placed here through the hearts and minds of people who follow after Him.

    Walk on Water Social Justice Poverty Word of God Damascus Road Service Acceptance Heart Armor Watch Liar Mary Magdalene True Riches Repentance Discipleship Judgement Tithes Cost of Discipleship tempest Persecution Expectations Lost Cause Purity Self Worth Shame Faith denial Predestination Backbiting Original Sin victor Obedience Lies tribulation Christmas Eve Be Prepared Grace Breath Prayer Worship Speaking Injustice Women's Ministry Blog Conflict exposure Gentleness Kindness Temptation Wealth Desperado Desire Not a Fan Hebrew Names of God Parables Family Tree Emptiness Wise Men Family of God Stubborn fear Depression unforgivable sin Judgment Richonomics living right Angels Busy Interpretation aim Son of Man Regeneration Holy Spirit Authority Prophecy Treasure Racism Gehenna Gender Provision Presence of God Scripture Memory Apocalypse Spiritual Need Dependence Exhausted wholehearted God's Word Salvation Neutrality Lent Daily Bible Readings Unclean Traffic Action Spiritual Blindness Ready God the Father demons Sin Hypocrisy Angel Retaliation Pornography Applause Poser Apology Great Commission Happiness Giving Spiritual Support Perseverance Blessings Healing Ancestry Trials Narrow Way Trek & Journey Daniel End Times Son of God Goodness Bushel Lust Holy Week Seventy Sevens Signs Baptism Adultery Free Will Empty Tomb Matthew Dragon Faith or Fear Fornication Restoration Storms Rest in the Lord Proverbs Fruit fo the Spirit Forgiveness letting go Lord Easter Sanctification Herod Humility control May Understanding Holy Love Second Coming Simple Complexity Pooronomics Messages Basket Evangelicalism Money Fasting Taste and See John the Baptist Education Assumptions Security Christmas Lamp Soil Tired Savior without Lord Advent Bible Study Serving God Lunatic Christology Disciple Fails Father's Business The Dukes of Hazzard Murder Revelation Daily Bible Reading Messiah Serving Miracles Betrayal Approval Mercy wisdom God is in control Outcast Christmas Dragon Morality Naughty Friendship Vision Ash Wednesday Topheth Truth Weary Knowing God Family Violence Santa Doubt relationship with God Mission Work Politics Jim Eliot Love Never Fails Newbigen Palm Sunday Envy Joy unpardonable sin Judas Spiritual Warfare Spirit Walkers Love Worry Genealogy Nobles OK Gossip Honesty Light Reward Anxiety Antichrist Materialism Rest Evangelism Holiness Bread victim Habits Compassion trajectory Free Samples Disappointment Guests Part 1 Purpose outsiders Wonders Witness Fruit of the Spirit judging others Confession Sheperds Inconvenience Theophany joyous thoughts Prayer Childlike Clothing Physical Need Parenting through Christ stress trouble Law Sacrifice Apologetics Alabaster Jar Nice Mary Ezekiel Satan Greed Trek and Journey Foundation Danger Jairus Gifts Cross Patient Men Sexism Patience Moving Mountains Questions Fire Hell Christ Gentiles God's Timing Eye