Better (W2D2) Expectations


Week 2. Tuesday: Expectations

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: Ecclesiastes 3:4-8

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  1. Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.

  2. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.

Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tells us that there is even a time for certain emotions. Life will often bring us bad times that cause us pain. However, when we understand and expect hard times to come it helps us to have a better response. We often have unrealistic expectations of how life should be. Unrealistic expectations of life will lead us to be constantly disappointed.

Takeaway: Understanding the season leads to realistic expectations.

Realistic expectations lead to a better response.

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

  • What unrealistic expectations cause us unnecessary pain?

  • What unrealistic expectations do you need to change?

PRAY: Ask God to help you have the right expectations.

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