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Day 22: Are Your Expectations Too Low?

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Genesis 44:1-45:28
Matthew 14:13-36
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 4:11-13
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

“And [Joseph] commanded the steward of his house, saying, ‘Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack’” (Gen 44:1).

Joseph wanted to bless his brothers because they were family. He offered them as much food as they could carry. The implication is that the blessing Joseph was able to provide was limited by the size of each man’s bag. The brothers who had prepared to carry much received more; and the brothers who had prepared to carry little received less.

We see a similar story in 2 Kings 4. Elisha told a struggling widow to gather as many jars as she could find from her neighbors. The widow watched in amazement as Elisha filled every single jar with oil, which she could then sell to pay off her debts. But when the vessels ran out, the oil ceased (2 Kings 4:6).

God wants to bless you because you are His child. But He can only bless you if you make room to receive His blessings. The blessings which Joseph’s brothers received were dictated by the size of the vessels they provided. The widow’s blessing was shut off once the prepared vessels were full. If we come to God’s throne with low expectations, He will satisfy that low standard; but if we come before Him with mountain-moving faith, He will move the world on our behalf!

Raise your level of expectation for what God is willing to do in Your life. If you make room for God to bless you, He will fill it!


Father, help me to make room in my life for Your blessings. I humbly ask that You would raise my expectations for what You are able to do in my life. You are God, and nothing is impossible for You!

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