Monday Devotional

Expectations

Expectation is important - I would say that expectations many times will determine

our experiences. Haven’t you ever seen two people sit through the exact same

worship service or presentation or meeting or whatever it might be and walk away

with two completely different experiences? In Mark 5:24-34 we read the story of the

woman with blood issues and how her expectation of what God can do produced a

much different experience than everyone else in the crowd.

There are two things I want to point out about expectations that this passage brings

out so clearly. The first is the idea of perseverance. In my life, more times than not, I

have had to wait longer than I wanted to for God to answer. But that is what faith is

for! Faith is not for the end when we see the answers - it is for the middle.

Persevere. There was a crowd of people around Jesus that day, but only one

person pushed through with expectation. Read verses 30-31, “Jesus…asked, ‘Who

touched my robe?’ His disciples said to him, ‘Look at this crowd pressing around

you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”’ Listen, if you find yourself persevering

through unmet expectations - don’t settle. Push through - pray like never before -

no matter what people think. Push through - worship like no one can see you -

don’t settle to just be around Jesus. Push through - read the Word like it actually is

God speaking to you - don’t let your expectation waver in the crowd.

The second thing about expectations that I see in this story is the idea that we

should never restrict God to having to answer our need our way by our predefined

method. You see, God is more concerned with our character than our comfort. He

is more concerned with our hearts than our situation. And if we remain focused on

the answer we want - we may completely miss the answer He gives. Which, by the

way, is the answer we truly needed to begin with. Look at the first word that Jesus

spoke to this woman in verse 34, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well.’

Daughter. Did you know that according to the Jewish laws in those days - due to

this woman’s illness she was consider publicly unclean. In fact, everywhere that she

went she had to announce, ‘Unclean!’ She was a public outcast - for 12 years. Our

loving Savior knew this. Once he saw her, once everyone saw her, and before

anyone could question why this unclean woman was in their midst Jesus called her

daughter. As if to say, ‘You are mine. You thought you needed healing of your body -

but what you truly needed was healing of your heart. You are accepted. You are my

daughter.’

Wherever you are today, I pray that you not waver in your expectation of God’s

faithfulness. I pray that you push through in determined perseverance. I pray that

you trust God with the answer. I pray Galatians 6:9 over you today.

J Mann

Campus Pastor