Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Yet even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.”
“Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her.
Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Ever notice Martha’s focus upon the past and future when interacting with Jesus? Ever notice how she fails to recognize that He is doing something in the present moment? If you’re like me, then you likely didn’t. Why is that? Probably because we’re wired in the same way that Martha, Mary, and the others that were present for the events leading up to Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. We, like them, have a tendency to focus more on the recent past and the distant future than the present moment.
Maybe you have even said something similar to the following: “God could have done something in fill in the blank with your situation, but He did not. It’s ok; I know that He is working all things out for good and it will all work out in the end.”
While this is a true statement, we fail to remember Jesus’ follow-up statement to Martha:
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? ”
Jesus’ goal was to get people to realize that it is not merely that He could have done something in the past or that He will do something in the future but that He IS doing something in the present. He wants people to stop living in the past and future possibilities and start trusting him in the present moment.
It’s imperative for us to realize that God does extraordinary works in the lives of those individuals who are trusting Him in the present ordinary moments of life. In other words, if you want God to do something extraordinary tomorrow, then trust Him in the ordinary of today(Tweet).
Prayer: Father in Heaven, through your Holy Spirit let us begin to trust you in the ordinary moments of today. Help us to acknowledge the purposes of the past and hope for our glorious future with you but live a daily life of believing that YOU are working in our today for your glory and our good.