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Prepared
9/8/2015

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

Every September we observe National Preparedness month here in the United States of America.  Since 2004 this month has been set aside to encourage us to take steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, schools, and communities.  So in essence we should be taking the month of September to get everything in order so we can be better prepared for any potential unforeseen emergency or disaster. 

I think being prepared is always a great idea, and it should be at the top of our list.  Throughout Scripture we are encouraged, admonished, and even exhorted to be prepared.  For example; the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy exhorting him to “Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, and exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2).   And Peter wrote, “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). 

We are given great wisdom within God’s Word with respect to our being prepared for our basic needs as well.  Proverbs shows us the biblical principle of sowing and reaping when it comes to having food to eat.

Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise, Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8 (NKJV)

The truth is we have not been created by God to just sort of randomly meander through life.  God has a specific plan to use each of us, and He has even prepared good works for us to do long before we were ever born (Eph. 2:10).  The way I see it, everything we go through in life is in some way preparing us for new experiences and opportunities to be used by God.  Each challenge we face will be used to give us greater perspective, perseverance and endurance, and it will ultimately make us stronger.

With this in mind we should rise each morning and rejoice in the opportunities ahead.  We should prepare for our day by prayerfully reading and studying God’s Word.  We should prepare for the inevitable spiritual warfare we will encounter by putting on our spiritual armor (Eph. 6:10-18).  Our being prepared will change the way we are able to deal with every challenging situation.  Instead of resorting to crisis management, we will calmly discern the best path to take, because we have been seeking God’s wisdom, discernment, and leading. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to be prepared, and remember God has prepared good works in advance for you today — gladly walk in them.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to preparation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to walk in the good works God has prepared for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Do our part by being prepared for each day.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me the great examples in Your Word about being prepared.  Show me how I can better prepare for the good works You have called me to walk in.  As I read Your Word, show me everything You want me to know.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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