Since unmet expectations can lead to doubt, we should always ground all of our expectations in the unchanging truth of God’s Word.
Note: Only the first half of the sermon was recorded due to technical issues.
Jesus is the Rock, the only lasting foundation for our lives, and so we must build our lives upon Him. In our passage we see that it requires obedience to His commands, and it always results in endurance through hard times.
17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
How often do we make important decisions without every bringing them before the Lord? In this passage, Jesus shows us a different way.
Like Levi, we must leave behind our worldly pursuits and love the worldly people God has placed before us.