Saturday, March 21, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Unfulfilled Expectations (Luke 4:13-20)

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. (Luke 4:14-20 ESV)

This was a prophecy of Isaiah that was fulfilled in Jesus, but it wasn't fulfilled in the way the Jews expected. They thought Messiah would come and rule over them and there would be utopian peace all around and health and prosperity for all. He didn't fulfill that expectation so they crucified Him later.

How often do I get grumbly when things don't go as I expect? How often do I get angry and shake my fist at God because He isn't fulfilling my dreams and expectations?  I need to keep myself in check and realize that God never promised to fulfill my expectations and dreams. In fact, He may have a reason...lessons I need to learn by not getting what I want.

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