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Scripture in the Morning #215

Good Morning:
Jeremiah 2:13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Expectations. We place expectations upon our spouses and often our children as well. The expectations are these — we expect our spouse and our children to complete us — to make us whole — to give us purpose, significance, and we expect them to love us, ideally, to love us unconditionally. But…

Those around us , however, often fail us. Our spouse, our kids, etc. — those we place such expectations upon — they cannot provide for us what we want (the quenching of our thirst for security, significance, purpose, contentment) … not ultimately, not to the degree we desire. They disappoint us. Just as we disappoint them. So…

We resent it. It causes us to be angry at them and see them as not being there for us. This, essentially, is what leads to most divorce and most all general relational strife. They did not do enough… I need more and they did not provide…

How unfair. How unfair we are to place such unrealistic expectations upon our spouse. He/she is just like us — a cistern that holds no water. Your spouse cannot provide for you the quenching of your thirst. So… do not demand that of them. Your kids cannot either. Do not expect what they cannot supply, get angered that they did not supply, and then punish them for not supplying. The problem is not with them. It is with us. We have… “forsaken God, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for ourselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

When we recognize that our security is eternal in Christ and fully whole — that our significance is fully established in that He has chosen us to be His child and we are His child — our purpose is already established — to love Him — and our contentment is in Him. When we realize this, then we no longer thirst for significance, security, purpose or contentment — and we do not place unrealistic expectations on those around us. Then… we are free to love and serve them as an expression of our love for the Lord and not judge them for failing to provide water you already have.

So, this morning, assess before the Lord whether you have been unfair to those around you. Have you expected broken cisterns to hold water? And then, look upon He who is the Living Waters and praise Him.

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