“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.”
The past week I has been a constant reminder that people, myself included, need to be known. Known for who they are, not who the world expects them to be. It’s a funny thing expectation. Every person is ingrained with thousands of expectations that are shaped from personality, environment, and culture. And in one light expectations can be a great catalyzer, while in another they can become the very barrier or obstacle that hinders our future.
When defined as “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future” expectations allow for hope. Paul writes that he eagerly expects and hopes that he will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in his body, whether by life or by death. His expectation of Christ’s exaltation lead to hope. The downfall or barrier often comes with expectation become defined by the “belief that someone will or should achieve something”. I say often because belief that someone will achieve something is not always a hinderance. But are our expectations on someones life godly or are they simply placing our own lens of viewing the world onto someone else? It was freedom to me when I learned what God expects of me verses the weight of what other people expect of me…
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God”…
The expectation God puts on us in simple and a big portion of His expectation places the “pressure” right back on Himself. By asking us to walk humbly with Him, He knows that everything that needs to be achieved or accomplished will be done through Him and not of ourselves.
God uniquely crafted and designed every single person. Each with different gifts. Each with a different lens on how the world is viewed. One is not better than the others. Sometimes one is more glorified in a certain culture or environment, and people with the others are left wanting. But in the viewpoint of God each gift, each perspective, is perfectly fashioned and necessary to give the world a glimpse of who He is. Read with fresh eyes the verses below. Speak them aloud. Say them slowly and understand the impact. This is truth, and as you start to believe the words below, ask God who He has made you to be, expecting that He will reveal to you your inner-workings.
You formed my inward parts, You knitted me together in my mothers womb.
I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works, my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret,
Intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in Your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
as yet there were none of them.