This weekend we continued our series, the Expectation Gap. A series all about how to deal with the gap between what we expect and what we actually experience, taught through the lives of three siblings: Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Last week we heard about when people disappoint. This week we heard about when God disappoints.
The sermon came from John 11:1-44, the story when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. In the beginning of the story, we learn that Jesus loved Mary, Martha, Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick he waited 2 days before heading to Bethany.
My husband came right out and said, “Following Jesus can be really disappointing at times.” And I really appreciate his honesty. It can. God doesn’t always do things the way I expect Him to or the way I think I deserve Him to, but He doesn’t love me any less either.
Here are a few more of my favorite quotes from the message…
- The scene of my greatest disappointment can be setting for my greatest miracle.
- When He doesn’t do what I want, I must expect Him to show me more of Himself.
- Stop looking for a way out and start asking Jesus to take you through!
- My expectation is not built on someTHING but on someONE