Expectations upended

God often turns upside down the expectations we place upon Him, to bless and humble us, shares Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr.

Glenn Burris Jr.
Glenn Burris Jr.

I’ve always wondered what happened to the 12 baskets left over from the fish and bread that Jesus multiplied out of the young boy’s lunch in John 6.

I imagine Jesus, after feeding thousands, sent it all home with the kid. Imagine with me the story he would be able to tell his parents—trying to explain how he brought so much food back, though he was sent with so little.

I think Jesus loves to mix up our assumptions and expectations. No one can remain neutral after a genuine encounter with Him. “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world,” said the men who had witnessed the miracle (v.14, NKJV).

In what ways has Christ upended your preconceived ideas about Him? In what ways have you experienced change at the hand of God?

Reflect + Pray

1. Think about a time you made an assumption about the Lord that He turned completely upside down. How were you blessed and humbled by that?

2. Ask God to take in hand all your expectations and assumptions, and pray His will be done. Remind yourself that His all-powerful will is so much greater than our thoughts, and that His ways are not our ways (Isa. 55:8).

3. Ask God to bless Foursquare missionaries who are currently serving. Download the FMI monthly prayer guide here.

4. Next week, President-Elect Randy Remington will begin his year of shadowing current President Glenn Burris Jr. Please pray for Randy; his wife, Sandy; and their church, Beaverton Foursquare Church in Beaverton, Ore., during this time of transition.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is president of The Foursquare Church.
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