Are You Prepared?
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” 1 John 2:28 (ESV)
Our next topic in this series is, Are You Prepared. Often times we think we are prepared for things in our lives but find out later that we didn’t properly prepare. Being prepared means to make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion. The confusion comes in when WE have to decide how prepared we should be oppose to how prepared we really are. At this point, our scale of preparation is based on our experiences, faith and what we feel we can accomplish. In 1 John 2:28 (ESV) it reads, “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” Faith plays the most important role in being prepared, without it you will never be.
Sometimes being prepared doesn’t require the support of others. Often times in fact, others will not support what you are preparing for because your faith is in what you believe and theirs is in what they see. We wake up in the mornings, prepare ourselves for work, get the children off to school and carry out the day with whatever it has to offer. Preparation makes ready the things that are to come to us. Take Noah for example, everyone knows the story about the Ark but could you imagine all the ridicule he took building it. In that 120 years that it took building the Ark, he walked preaching to the people preparation for what was to come. Like we all could imagine, he was laughed at, talked about, looked down upon and that was by the people he knew. But, in Hebrews 11:7 (ESV) it says, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” Understanding that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen, Noah did what he was instructed to do. Because of his obedience, God prepared him and saved him all at once. Many of us have things that God wants to give to us but because we are not prepared, its hard to do so. Would you give the keys to your car to a 10 year old or your bank information to a gambler? I wouldn’t either.
Understanding that preparation requires time, and we live in a world that wants everything right then and there, its worth it. 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV) tells us, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” God is not slow to fulfill his promises but in order to receive his promises, we have to be prepared. People only see what they are prepared to see and receive only what they are prepared to receive. God even provides help in the preparation stage. There is no greater love than the love that Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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