“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5).
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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 go 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 14:1-3).
There are many things about which the Bible speaks in regard to preparation, but none are better known, or more important than the thoughts in the above Scriptures. There is nothing more important in this life than obeying God, as our Shepherd, as described in Psalm 23. And by so doing we will prepare to meet God in those mansions prepared for us.
The Bible speaks of Noah preparing an ark (Genesis 6:14; Hebrews 11:7); of the preparation for the Sabbath, Passover, sacrifices, etc. (Exodus 31:12-17; 12:3-28); of John preparing the way for the coming of Jesus (Isaiah 40:3-5); and of God preparing a great fish to swallow Jonah (Jonah 1:17).
The Bible also tells of David making preparations for the building of the temple during the time his son Solomon was King (1 Chronicles 22:5-6); that the day before the Sabbath was the preparation day (Mark 15:42); and that Christians are to shod their “feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).
We know of the necessity to make preparations for anything we do in this life that is worthwhile. Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said that he would prepare himself as he looked forward to the time when opportunity would present itself to him. So, as stated above, there is no preparation more important than to obey God and prepare for eternity. We can certainly understand this when we remember the only alternative to heaven is hell, and the Bible says, that hell is “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of men the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
- Douglas M. Williams, Sr.