We do this with our relationships, career, educational pursuits, our faith. We do this with our dreams, with our finances, our children. We turn good things to bad things all so they will not disappoint us if things don't turn out our way. We would rather be able to say I wasn't really counting on it to work out versus investing in the, I had every confidence in it to do everything it was meant to do. How ungodly is this thinking?
We do this over and over and over again, because we fail to let go and let God. We instead try to play God. HE equips us to succeed in our works long before we begin the first task, yet we doubt our ability to succeed.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
How many love relationships have you sabotaged, tested, bent, stressed, just to see if the other person really loved you, cared for you, would fight for you to stay? How many dreams have you begun and then talked yourself out of, all before you ever saw a bit of that dream in color? How many times have you begun to save for something and just when you could afford it convinced yourself it was too expensive, too showy, not for you? You let the devil in where God belonged. And God will not fight for your attention when you have your heart pointed to his enemy.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-20 ESV But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
When we can begin to see our success as God's success, our victories as God's glory, our triumphs as HIS reward, then we can understand how much HE has vested in our achievements. When we look good God looks good. When we shine HE illuminates. When we sparkle HE reflects with holy brilliance. Our God is using us to build HIS kingdom. HE implants the seed of faith in you in order that you will be an example of HIS promises kept to unbelievers and believers alike.
Philippians 4:19 ESV And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
So the next time you are expecting something good in your life do not term it the "unexpected".