We are about to embark on a new year! I don’t know about you but I am excited and expectant. The Bible tells us that the best is yet to come. I believe with all faith and trust that 2018 will be the best year of our lives if we walk alongside Jesus Christ. Although it is great to be expectant, we cannot become discontent.
We can’t be so wrapped up about what will happen in the future that we lose the joy of the present. I am guilty of doing this, I allow my train of thought to run, one year, two years, five years down the line. I can lose track of today (God is working on me y’all, I like to plan too much). When we become so expectant and excited about the future…although very healthy, many of us become distracted and do not fulfill what God has called us to do today.
Yes, I know It’s practically January, but last time I checked there is still three weeks left on the calendar. There are still some things that God wants to show you and wants you to do.
King David’s Anointing
I am reminded of David’s story in this instance. If you aren’t familiar with his story, here is a little background. David was anointed as King of Israel long before he took the position. David was even anointed when there was already a king in place, King Saul. In between the anointing and the fulfillment of that anointing, David was submitted to his father and King Saul. David was faithful in his positioning no matter what. That type of faithfulness is what we need to practice.
We have to be mindful that there are people on the other side of our obedience. There are lives to be changed even through a simple conversation with a random lady at the coffee shop. God has something for you RIGHT NOW. It is so important that we get out of the mindset of thinking that good days are only the ones ahead and not the ones right now. They say that the grass is only greener where you water it, and that is absolutely true. If you spend most of your time daydreaming of what is to come, you won’t spend the necessary time enjoying the present and learning the lessons needed for the next season. So, I hate to break it to you, but you are hindering your own growth. You walk in circles instead of dealing with the issues in your heart today. You are consumed about tomorrow but the future can worry about itself!!!
David was anointed to be king by Samuel “ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.” ( 1 Samuel 16:13). The fulfillment of this anointing did not occur soon after it. David continued to tend to his father’s sheep and even worked under King Saul…the same king he would take the place off ( my God).
Be Faithful To Your Now
So the point is, be present. Yes, God may have shown you that you will be a CEO, but today you have been called to be the administrative assistant. Yes, you may be anointed to preach, but today you will serve your pastors and pick up their dry cleaning. I get it, sometimes it sucks to know the amazing anointing and vision God has for your life, to then open your eyes to a reality that looks nothing like it, but it’s part of the plan. The season between the anointing and fulfillment is key. I pray that God never allows us to walk out of the preparation season prematurely because those blessings would become burdens.
I am challenging you all to be expectant of the future. Yes, be expectant, the best is yet to come and the later glory of your house will be greater than the former ( Haggai 2:9). God has some amazing blessings ready to be unlocked in your life. But as we are expectant let us maintain contentment.
Let us be faithful in the now so that we can be prepared for the tomorrow. Let us be joyful and present to not miss anything. There are needs that you miss each day because you are so wrapped up with yourself and where YOU are going. Humble yourself! Your anointing does not give you the right to be prideful and disrespectful towards your present season, the people in it and the tasks that have been assigned to you. T.D Jakes once said, be faithful to the 40 and you will get the 40,000. Better yet, the word of God says “”Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 6:10.
So how do you stay content?
- Remind yourself constantly of what God is doing. Don’t be caught up in planning for the next day, bask in the present and the presence of God. Allow the Lord to remind you what he has done in your life and what he is doing right now. He will show you your present situation through his lens, and you will notice that it is more beautiful than you gave it credit to be.
- Be submissive. Yes, submission, the dreaded word. I believe that being submitted to authority is very important to pushing pride away. Respect your authority, serve them, honor them. Submit unto God and be willing to do anything that he asks of you even if that means staying put.
- Walk in your purpose continually. Your purpose is not just something you will do, rather something that you are to be. There is character associated with your purpose that can be used TODAY. Don’t think you have to reach a certain point to start walking in the purpose that God has set for you. Remember that David had been anointed long before he actually became King, you have been anointed even though you are waiting to see the fulfillment.
- Be faithful to your position. Y’all this can be hard, sometimes it hurts, and most times it takes a lot of humility. You have to remind yourself daily that you are placed where you are for a reason. You don’t have what you want for a reason and you are who you are for a reason. God has an intricate plan, and we have to trust that it is good, because he says so “ I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you” ( Jeremiah 29:11). God is only sending good things our way, so even when your present situation does not look as shiny as you want it to be, you can be content with the fact that it is still good, God is still good…in fact, he is great.
Be content, be faithful, be expectant.