Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
 
You reveal Yourself to us. God our Creator, as an all-powerful God whose very Word calls creation into existence. You are a God of perfection, whose incomprehensible goodness is mirrored in the wonder of Your creation. An even greater wonder is this: We reflect You, having been created in Your image, the very image of God! You have made us a little lower than the heavenly beings. You have crowned us with glory and honor. You have given us authority over Your creation, to fill it and to rule over it for Your purposes. Yet when we allow the magnificence of Your creation to show us just a bit of Your unique majesty, what are we that You are mindful of us? What are we that You should care for us?

Expectations

“I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20
…Expectations can be a difficult trap for each of us if we are not fully committed to God’s purposes in our lives. .

Paul wrote this verse from prison to the people of Philippi. He had an expectation that his life would bring glory to God, whether through his continued ministry or his death. His joy in living was not based on his expectations getting fulfilled, but on remaining true to the purpose for which God made him.

When we react to circumstances with bitterness and resentment as a result of unmet expectations, we are saying that we know better than God, and that God has made a mistake in not meeting our expectations. The process of resolving unmet expectations may require full disclosure to the individual who was the source of the unmet expectation, and of how the unmet expectation made you feel. This is not to make the person feel obligated to meet the expectation, but simply to share your feelings about it. If God was the source, then it is important to share this with the Lord. However, once we have done this we must let go of the situation and allow God to work in our hearts the grace that is needed to walk in freedom from the pain of the unmet expectation. If we do not do this, we will allow the seed of bitterness and resentment to enter in. This seed of bitterness will create leanness in our soul and eventually will spread to others.

Os Hillman

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Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
You alone exist in the beginning. O God, You alone are the Alpha and Omega, the one “who is, and who was, and is to come.” You alone transcend and embrace even time itself. You alone chose to create all things, to make a world totally to glorify Yourself and to receive Your love. You alone, in the mystery of Your sovereignty, chose me even before the creation of the world to belong to You as Your special, beloved child. I am amazed, awestruck, humbled, beloved – and I bow before You alone.

John 4:4-18

4 Now he had to go through Samaria.
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
A Samaritan. An outcast. A nobody. Living in shame. Living with failure. She was not looking for You on this day. But You were waiting for her. Thank You, Lord, for the surprise of grace. Thank You for reaching out to the “wrong” people – people who know they are sinners, people who have given up hope, people like me. In Your mercy You penetrate beneath my carefully polished veneer to touch my heart, to expose my sin, to heal my pain. You offer healing and forgiveness far beyond what I would dare to seek. You quench the thirst of my soul. All praise be to You, my gracious, saving Lord.