Summary: This message is from 2 Samuel 6 where David tries to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The day ends in disaster and David is left feeling angry, afraid and withdraws from the Presence of God. In life God will not always meet our expectations of

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A lot of us are focused on the future right now. With everything happening in the middle east and the focus upon Israel, the rise of Islamic terrorists and their anticipation of the Muslim Messiah (the Maha-di) coming on the scene, the constant wars and rumors of more wars… It is creating a climate of fear and expectancy. Everyone is wondering what the future holds. Everyone wants to know the future. We feel our present choices and situations are dependent upon it. Man has always wanted to be able to peek into the future and know what is coming. You may have pressing choices upon you right now and not know which direction to go in, because of the possibilities up ahead.

“If I could just know what was coming, I could make the right decision!”

“Commit to this contract or hold out?”

“Should we try and have children now or wait?”

“Should I intervene now in my child’s situation, or wait and see if they can work though it on their own?”

With all the talk about rapture and WWIII, people are wondering about things like education savings, retirement, what’s going to happen to gas prices??? Our expectations and plans of today seems inextricably tied to our expectations of the future.

Regardless of whether or not “the end is near” we are told in 1 & 2 Thessalonians to continue on with our lives. But what happens when our lives are suddenly interrupted? What happens when the unexpected happens, and everything changes? You know we all have little scripts that we expect our lives to continue along. We will graduate High school, go to college, get a good job with benefits, find a great person to marry, have healthy children, see them grow up and be healthy well adjusted Christian people who will marry healthy well adjusted Christian people, etc. We have these expectations and we connect them to God in our hearts. After all we know He loves us, and wants the best for us, so it only seems logical.

But what happens when life deviates from our scripts? What happens when the plans and expectations we have of God concerning our life are suddenly radically different?

It is a horrible thing to have faith and trust in the Lord for something and then it doesn’t come to pass.

Have you ever placed your faith in the Lord, prayed and quoted all the right Scriptures, Done all the things you considered right and it still didn’t happen anyway?

“Why didn’t God come through like I thought He should?”

“Why does God seem silent and so distant when I need Him now the most?”

“Why didn’t God heal Grandma of that cancer when I prayed so hard?”

Why didn’t your child get that healing that you desperately prayed and believed for?

What happens when our reality is not changed by prayer?

The problem lies in the fact that we know God can trump our reality, but He sometimes doesn’t.

God is a God of mystery. He never moves like we think He should. He is God and we are not.


Expectations of the Now!

You ever throw a party or plan something special for someone and have it go horribly wrong? Something like you throw a surprise congratulations party for a friend because of their promotion at work, and then you find out not only did they not get the promotion but they have been laid off…

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Michael Stover

commented on Oct 25, 2006

Great sermon and lessons from this story! Excellent!!

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