Who holds your future? This is a confronting question that each of us must answer honestly. As a believer, it’s easy to confess that your future is in God’s hands; yet, how many of us actually believe that? How many of us have entrusted ourselves to Him? Do we really believe that God is directing our steps and working out His plans for our life? If so, why do we even worry about tomorrow? Frankly, it’s easy to trust God when things are unfolding according to plan; but what about when they are not?
Let’s consider Joseph. As a young man, Joseph received dreams of becoming an influential leader to whom even his father and brothers would submit to. However, through a series of unforeseen events, Joseph finds himself sold as a slave, then falsely accused of a crime he never committed, and then locked in prison to rot. In the still of the night, he was left wondering, “What am I doing here?”
Joseph was right where he needed to be. Despite the unexpected, he was able to perceive the divinely orchestrated chain of events that culminated with the fulfillment of promise. Divine positioning led to divine promotion. Through hindsight, this is simple to comprehend. However, when you’re somewhere between a promise and its fulfillment—when what is presently in your hand does not look like what you envision in your heart—confusion sets in, leaving you asking, “God, what am I doing here? Am I where I’m supposed to be? Have I missed You somehow?”
Like Joseph, it’s in these moments when we must trust that God has strategically positioned us according to His plan and purpose. While your future rests in God’s hands, your present is yours to steward. Today is the bridge between your past and your future. For this reason, Jesus taught:
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34 MSG)
Your present requires your full attention, because where you are is critical to where you are going. When you grasp this truth, you’ll understand that the decisions you make today will shape your future. Jesus was advising us not to become so worked up about the future that we miss the importance of today. When we harness the power of the “here and now,” we’ll align with our destined “there and then.”
Giving your attention to the present will require evaluating the decisions you’ve made. Have you obeyed God and followed Him fully? If not, repent and make the necessary adjustments. If you have been obedient, perhaps your discomfort is a divine disruption preparing you for change.
Please realize that today is all you have. It’s today’s obedience which will open the way for tomorrow’s reward. It’s the seed you sow today which will determine the harvest you reap tomorrow.