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April 5, 2016, 10:41 AM

Real expectations

Why are we so surprised when life has troubles? We seemed to be shocked every time life doesn't go our way. I'm not sure what we are expecting. Are we really expecting that God will remove every ounce of difficulty so that life is easy for us? 
There are two passages on Scripture that stick out to me that deal with the idea of troubles or suffering. These two passages, Romans 5:3-4 and James1:2-4, deal with the purpose of suffering and the fact that we should expect it. 
Romans 5:3 says that "because you know", speaking of both the inevitability of suffering and the purpose, and James 1:3 uses the same phrase. 
I think that what both Paul and James is trying to say is that we should not be caught off guard by suffering. We don't have to enjoy them, but an expectation of them sure helps us to deal with them. 
1 Peter 4:12 puts it this way: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
Many modern preachers want to preach sermons and write books about how God will make your life better and how He will remove all pain. That sounds really good but it sets up a false expectation. 
You CAN expect: God will not leave you, there is a bigger purpose, and there is hope. Even if the hope is in eternity and not this life there is still hope. 
Hang in there. Life has peaks and valleys, good times and bad, failures and successes. Stay faithful in the tough times so you can enjoy the good times. 


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