I’m thinking about expectations today. Did you get what you expected for Christmas? 2020 was certainly not what we expected. Yet perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the unexpected. Life is rarely what we expect. Jesus told us in this world we would have trouble, but he told us this so we would have peace and reassurance that He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Thus our expectations are too low. C.S. Lewis puts it this way: “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are…like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Christmas proves the point. People expected God to come and impose His will through brute force. Instead He came as a babe born in a manger and died on a cross not to conquer us but to save us. And not just to save us but to make us his co-heirs. This is so much more than we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) let alone expect. May that truth shape our expectations as we enter 2021.

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