What does the Bible say about preparation

By Douglas M. Williams Sr

“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I got and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

Remember the rich farmer that the Lord said was a fool, because he was selfish and left God out of his plans. He was indeed unprepared to meet God!

God’s word exhorts us to prepare to meet God, and that heaven is a prepared place for Christians that live for God.

The Bible has much to say about preparation. David prepared for building the temple before his death. Noah prepared the ark for salvation. Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord. John prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. The Jews made preparations for the Sabbath day. Jesus taught the need for preparations in His parables as in the Ten Virgins. The Bible speaks about the things God has prepared for those who love Him, but that hell is everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

As noted above our greatest concern should be to prepare to meet God and receive an eternal mansion in heaven. This preparation is made by faith in Jesus that leads to repentance, confession, and baptism for the remission of sins. Then living faithfully for Jesus until the end of life (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10).

The song, “Prepare to Meet Thy God” encourages our preparation by stating, “Careless soul, O heed the warning, for your life will soon be gone; O how sad to face the judgment, unprepared to meet thy God.”

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people!

 

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Preparing for winter

This week will mark the beginning of September, a new month which is one month closer to winter. When I think of winter I always think of the Apostle Paul when he was in Ephesus. Paul knew winter was coming. Paul assumes Timothy will come to him immediately and he sends Timothy this message, found in 2 Timothy 4:13:

2 Timothy 4:13, ESV: “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.”

Paul knew winter was coming and he would need his cloak, or to us, his coat. He was making preparations for the cold weather (2 Timothy 4:21). He wanted to stay warm.

In addition to the cloak, Paul had left two other items in the possession of Carpus: scrolls and parchments. The scrolls may have been Old Testament scrolls or the Torah or other books, though this is uncertain. The parchments were flat, book-like materials, used for writing. These were either parchments already written upon or perhaps referred to blank parchment Paul wanted for writing new materials. Even during imprisonment, and facing the end of his own life, Paul is still emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Word of God. (www.bibleref.com)

Winter is coming! How are we preparing for the cooler weather coming on? What about the winter of our life? How are we preparing for it?

In the wintertime many of us naturally stay inside more. We know what staying inside really means now after the Covid virus scare, but what do we want to have with us during the winter of our life?  Think about the things you would want compared to Paul.

Paul wanted his cloak. He couldn’t function well being cold.

Paul wanted the scrolls. This could have been the O.T. scrolls, the Torah or other books. He wanted the best reading material available to him.

Paul wanted above all the parchments to be brought to him. He wanted to stay busy writing and teaching from where he was in prison.

Winter is coming. How are we preparing?

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Get ready for the appointment before the appointment arrives

I have a dentist appointment for a cleaning today. Too late to prepare for it now!

Preparing for a dentist appointment (i.e. brushing teeth, flossing, rinsing, etc.) the day of an appointment isn’t wise. Why? It should be obvious. Taking care of our teeth is something that needs to be done on a daily basis; getting ready for the appointment well before the appointment is the wise way to do it.

No, I will not be going to my appointment today without evidence of past mistakes. The oral health of my past is my past and I can’t change that (all I can do is trust the repairs my dentist has made and take care of them), but I will be going knowing full-well what kind of efforts I have made before during the last six months to be ready for today.

I do not think any reasonable person will disagree with any of this advice. Personal experience proves it to be true. So how beneficial would it be to take this advice and apply it our spiritual lives?

We all have an appointment that we will keep and no phobia will prevent it (Hebrews 9:27). Preparation is key. And proper preparation doesn’t mean waiting until the day before. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not your judge, but your Judge and my Judge has been imploring people for millennia to use all of our life to prepare for eternity…not the day before (Ecclesiastes 12). Hence, we would all do well to follow his advice to prepare ourselves for the great appointment day (Acts 17:30-31).

Today is the day of salvation because tomorrow may be too late. And it’s much better to live these words than to sing them.

We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)

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Prepared for battle

For a long time there was something about the story of David and Goliath that bothered me. If David had great faith that God would allow him to defeat the giant, why did he need to pick up five stones, when just one would do?

The question always bothered me until it occurred to me, David had no idea he would take the giant down in one shot. All that David knew was at the end of the battle, God would be victorious. Continue reading

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