Expect The Unexpected

People plan their path, but the Lord secures their steps.
-Proverbs 16:9 (CEB)

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Don't expect things to go a certain way, good or bad.  But, expect the unexpected.  If we are wedded to our ideas, we will be disappointed with God's ways, because God is bigger than our ideas.

We have to expect something, don't we?  Like looking outside or checking the weather app before leaving for the day.  Have you ever been surprised by rain?

One person has expectations that are not met.  They get disappointed and bitter.  Another person has hopes and dreams, but remains optimistic in their waiting.

Expecting the unexpected is an added dimension to our walk with God.  We don't know when, how, or what; but we believe God cares and may very well do something good.

My primary foundation to my walk with God, is that Father God loves me and cares about my life.  I can trust God.  Look at Jesus.

From that foundation, I can expect the unexpected good to come out of the bad, every time.  Hello, Holy Spirit.

I remember a post by someone who wrote about being, "Strangely Comforted".  He wrote about God's comfort after a tragic death.  When we are grieved and in shock, comfort is strange and unexpected.

In the wake of a defeat or a disappointment, are we open to redemption?  Redemption is when, somehow, and sometimes in a way that does not make sense, we experience or live into God's grace.

It is by grace that we are saved and not by having our lives in good order.

When we suffer a disappointment, it tests our relationship with God and puts our faith at a cross-roads.  We choose upgraded faith and an upgraded relationship to God or not.  We choose faith or not faith, each time we are challenged.

God is good.  God is faithful.  God is loving.  Your faith in these are tested by life, daily.

To expect the unexpected is to have faith in God when you are disappointed.  When "A" does not happen, I don't know that "B" or "C" will happen, but I know God will provide something.  It adds more disappointment, if I assume "B" when "A" disappoints.

God's style is more creative than that.  Expect God to be God.  Let God be a person.  Being The Sovereign means God is unpredicatable, yet true, right, and just.  Very good and very loving.  The Father.

God in interesting, very interesting.  Our illusions about God are boring, very boring.  Let God be captivating in doing unexpected things.  Open your heart to what God unexpectedly does when life disappoints.

Most of our misery is because we shut God out and idolize our ideas, thoughts, and notions instead of letting God redeem us.  We are not blaming the victim.  If he says, "Blessed are the poor", while we are rich, yet feel poor, we have a problem.

The solution is to let the kingdom come in your life, and that is Jesus' rulership.  When we run and try to fix our lives, and use the Lord as a panacea, we are in deep trouble, because that's not what he is.  He's Lord and King

The Lord will do unexpected things to redeem your disappointments.  But you have a problem if he is not your Lord.  Being born again means you can now see the kingdom.

“When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. Pray like this:

Our Father who is in heaven,
uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom
so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you,
just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.
And don’t lead us into temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

“If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins.
-Matthew 6:7-15 (CEB)