Mark 14:31 - Expectation *
When expectations are unmet it sets the stage for lots of bad stuff. Just imagine what was going through Peter's mind when he emphatically told Jesus he wouldn't deny Him. Peter was picked by Jesus to be one of His disciples, then Jesus elevated Him above all the others - He let Peter see Him being transfigured, He called Him a rock that the church would be built on, He was always being signaled out as the leader. Not to mention Jesus had a wildly successful ministry - everywhere He went He was like a rock-star - people flooded out to see Him and I'm sure Peter was in charge of crowd control. Peter also believed that Jesus was the rightful King and that in short-order Jesus would be sitting on the throne in Jerusalem.
However, that night when Jesus allowed Himself to be taken and beaten, it's jacked up Peter's expectations of who Jesus was and what kind of King He claimed to be. It terrified him to think that if the rightful king is going to be crucified like this what would they do to me, his right-hand man? He was already planning in his mind what type of security detail he was going to provide for Jesus when He entered the Palace, but on this night everything changed in a milli-second. Peter's expectation was one thing, but reality was something completely different - and this is what caught Peter off-guard. His expectations were off.
Managing expectations is one of the most powerful tools in anyone's arsenal, and without it you are simply setting yourself up for disappointment. If you want to control your emotions, start by managing your expectations. This is also why we should pray, "not my will be done but THY will be done." This prayer alone will manage all expectations of God ever owing you anything!
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