The Build Up of False Expectations

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
- John 8:32-33

This week we’ve been thinking about expectations, and how often our expectations of God are distractions to who God really is. Jesus points out in this passage that sometimes our false expectations build up into falsehoods that then keep us in bondage. The people show by their own response to Jesus that they aren’t free to consider who he really is (and, as it turns out, who they really are).

Maya Angelou has written, “Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” Perhaps today could be that day for you. What lies have you told yourself about yourself? About God? What lies have you believed from others? Ask Jesus for more light, for more clarity, for more freedom.