We all live by certain expectations. We might be expected to clean our room, get good grades, do the chores, and be nice to our siblings. Most of the time these expectations are import and easy to achieve. But sometimes expectations can be hard. We are expected to live up to a never-ending list of “never do this” and “always do that,” “Why aren’t you more like this person?” and “Can you be less like that one?” The frustration builds with each expectation not met. We let guilt and stress creep in as our mind focuses on our failures, and we lose sight of what’s important in life.

The Bible says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand” (Romans 5:1-2).

Did you know that Jesus failed people’s expectations as well? The crowds and leaders of the people were expecting a king to give them peace on earth, but God had planned something far greater, a Savior who would bring us peace for eternity.

When you put your faith in Jesus, you have already met the greatest expectation: God’s. Then, by living your life for Him, you are freed from the frustration that weighs you down, and you become confident in what lies ahead.

GET REAL

When life’s expectations get hard, remember Jesus had them, too. He knows what you’re dealing with. Turn to Him for guidance. When life is going well, thank God for what He has done.

Devotion by Chris Haidet, appearing in the book, Random Thoughts: Get Real with God, Others, and Yourself: A Devotional for Young Adults (Thrive) Paperback – by Steve Russo Day 83