|Interesting Bible study this week on the 3rd day, but there is much to process before I can share, and we didn’t get to finish completely. A few interesting things is that there is a progression from deliverance to holiness to prosperity. And that pattern is seen all over the Bible. For example, Exodus delivered, then holiness the wandering in the wilderness to prepare for the promised land, then the promised land.Another interesting thing that I hadn’t thought about is that the Bible starts with a wedding and ends with a wedding. Kind of cool.I am almost done with Buchanan’s book, but here is an interesting idea that touched me.
P.149 -150 “Our lives should be lived with expectancy. Not necessarily with expectation, because expectation tends to dictate terms. The Pharisees lived with expectation and rejected Christ when He did not fit the rigid narrowness of their expectations. Often I wonder if we, waiting for Christ’s return, do it more with expectation than expectancy. Expectancy is the belief that God will do something. Expectation insists He did it in just this way. Sometimes expectation blinds us more to the God who is here right now than outright disbelief does. The Pharisees couldn’t see Jesus for looking. Or those two disciples on the road to Emmaus. There they are, bemoaning the absence of the very one who’s present with them. What made them deaf and blind? Expectations: “We had hoped He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” But that hope took a form that shut out surprises, like crosses and resurrection and a deeper redemption.”
I think that I view God in my past with disappointed expectation. I expected Him to do something to stop my father. Expectancy would not have helped back then. I needed interaction, God striking my father dead, God stopping my father, God reaching down and comforting me, God finding me a new home earlier on, God, making my father repent, I could come up with a few actions that God could have done. Instead He did nothing. Frankly I do get puzzled at the unevenness of God’s interventions. One time he saves a life, the next time He doesn’t. But an 8 year old has a hard time understanding God not doing anything. And yet this God wants our trust and belief. Hard to think of God with expectancy in the midst of a crisis.
Sometimes I feel like a mouse in an insidious maze, one that gives a promise of hope but it is all smoke and shadows.
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