Grace Community Church

This Isn’t What I Expected!

Given on August 29, 2021 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23

How do you typically respond when someone or something doesn’t live up to your expectations? How do you respond when God does not work in your life in the way you expected him to? Would you say that your expectations of God are more grounded in the whole counsel of God’s Word or in the cultural waters in which we swim?
Have you ever had a time in your life when things just didn’t go as you had hoped and planned? How did you get through that time? How did that time impact your relationship with Jesus?
If we lived more consistently with an understanding that we are currently engaged in an ongoing spiritual battle and we are aliens and strangers who are not yet home, how would our expectations for day-to-day life be different?
Joseph is often the unsung hero of Jesus’ birth stories. What can we learn from how he approached all these major challenges in his family’s life?