Why You Shouldn’t Place All of Your Expectations on God by Abigail Folds

There are some things we can always expect from God, but there are some expectations that we place on Him, and that’s where the “danger” lies. When we place our own expectations on God and those expectations aren’t met or they’re met in a way we didn’t imagine, we become upset, frustrated and even angry. At that point, it’s very difficult for us to see how God is blessing and providing for us because all we can see are our unmet expectations.


We can expect Him to remain true to His character. In other words, we can expect His goodness, faithfulness, justice, etc. (Psalm 18:30, Psalm 89:14, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8)

We can expect His will to be accomplished. (Psalm 119:89, Psalm 135:6, Ephesians 1:11-12, 2 Peter 3:9)

We can expect His best for us. (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Hebrews 10:35-36, James 1:5)


We can’t expect Him to give us everything we want or even the way we want it.He’s not a magic genie to grant our every wish. Thank goodness! There are definitely some wishes disguised as prayers that I’ve sent up to Him in the past, and looking back, all I can say is, “Thank You, Lord, for NOT giving me what I wanted!”

We can’t expect Him to move on our timeline. He isn’t bound by time like we are. He’s never early and He’s never late. He only seems that way to us when we’ve placed a timeline expectation on Him and we’ve expected Him to keep it, and when He hasn’t, we’ve felt He was late. (Just as Mary and Martha did in John 11.)

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Source: Relevant Magazine

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