i was on the phone with an eternal sister talking of life
she said 'we cannot have expectations from others, we have no right to expect anything'
it smarted a little. the Truth often does.
in the morning when i met Him this is what i read:
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:1-8 NIV
i started thinking.
in the garden, it was Him alone who prayed as His dearest slept (Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!" Matthew 26).
after His betrayer kissed Him, everyone deserted him and fled (Mark 14).
on the cross About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27).
He had every right to expect his prayer partners to pray. He had every right to expect His twelve dearest to stand with Him. He had every right to expect the betrayer to remain faithful. He had every right to have expectations.
But. He laid them down.
And made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4).
we have no right.
But. oh how He loves us.
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31).
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen (Philippians 4).
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake (Psalm 23).
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him (Ephesians 1).
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7-8).
expectations in Him alone.
Thank You, Father. You are more than enough and them some.