Sometimes it is hard to understand why God has left us or even abandoned us in a certain place. It is easy to forget that God has a plan and a future for us (Jeremiah 29:11) however unimportant we believe we may be. The knowledge that in God’s eyes we are all His favourite children often escapes us.
Compare Joseph with Moses. Both eventually fulfilled hugely important roles that were pivotal in the life of God’s chosen people. Yet God allowed Joseph to fester in a stinking prison for years, while Moses initially lived the life of luxury in a palace. Even the life change for Moses when he became a nomadic shepherd did not seem to upset him. He seemed to relish his new life as it left him free of responsibility. He would certainly rather have remained in the desert than answer the call from the burning bush.
I love the NIV translation of Acts 17 verse 26: ‘From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.’
I am where I am because God put me here. He wants me here at this time. But that may change as it did for Joseph and as it did for Moses. The question is not about where we are now. We may feel that God has forgotten us. We may even feel abandoned by God. Or we may be soaking up the good life never imagining that God may place some future demand on our lives. The question is more about how we will respond when God’s call comes, especially if obedience involves change?