December 16 – Exhausting Expectations

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Exhausting Expectations

Life is full of disappointments and if we are not extremely careful, those expectations will derail us as they become demands of our heart.
–J. Hampton Keathley III

Submitted by Emily Ertley

There’s a common saying that goes, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll live its whole life believing it is stupid.” While we would certainly never expect a fish to be able to climb a tree (though some evolutionists may argue that point), we do tend to put certain expectations upon ourselves that simply aren’t reasonable.

This is where Elijah finds himself, shortly after he fled from Jezebel. He’s sitting in the desert – exhausted, hungry, thirsty – and he decides this would be a good time to start examining his failures. He comes to this conclusion: “It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”

In Elijah’s weakened state, he started comparing himself to his heroes and felt that he hadn’t changed nations and swayed kings like his ancestors. But the problem is – God never asked HIM to do that. What was Elijah’s main task as God’s servant? A messenger. A prophet. Not a liberator to restore God’s children back to Him.

Before you become exhausted and discouraged, take a step back and re-assess the ambitions you’ve put on yourself. Are they God-given and God-powered or self-given and self-powered?

Daily Reading: II Timothy 1-4

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