Prepared and Preparing

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Just this morning, I came across a new post on the blog, “garretwrites”.  The post is entitled “Relationship Not Religion“.  Garret09 gives us a look into the lesson he taught for teen Sunday School this week–a lesson on being ready.  The point was that we do not know what we are getting ready for, but God does and He is faithful to prepare us.  Garret09 shared several Biblical examples of both people who were ready and those who were not.  He finishes up by giving some Biblical advice on how we can be certain to be ready.  (Be sure to check it out, as he has some great points to share!)

God is preparing each one of us.  How often have you relied on this verse: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”? (Romans 8:28)  We do not always see the purpose of a current trial or situation, but by keeping in mind our ultimate purpose, we can rest in the peace of God’s presence just the same.

In the same way, as we work for the children in our lives–whether through Vacation Bible School and other children’s ministries or simply in our own home or neighborhood–we want them to be prepared.  We cannot know what lies ahead in a child’s life any more than we can know exactly what our own life holds in store.

What we do know is this: the Lord has given us a commission.  We are the light of the world; we are the salt of the earth; we are an open letter to the world, “known and read of all men”.  In the words of “the Preacher”, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”  The commandments of God are a reflection of His character–by keeping them, we represent Him–we are light, we are salt, we are a faithful letter.

However, we have a dilemma: “we know not what we should pray for as we ought”.  We know we struggle with sin; we know we want to be more like Jesus; we know we want others to see His love.  We do not know, however, just what it is going to take to reach our goals.  Praise God for the assurance, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered…he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:27, 28)

And this is where that precious stand-by comes in: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

By filtering our lives through constant, humble prayer, we can be positively assured that God is working out His purposes through and in us.  We are being prepared, and we are privileged to be His hands and His voice in preparing the children.

Even before any human is aware of the precious child, the Lord’s eye is upon him.  He sees down the years and thinks of the little one with tender thoughts of love.

When the child is old enough to begin to understand, he may exclaim with the Psalmist, “I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” (Psalm 139:14)

As the child grows, he begins a search for purpose.  We may confidently teach him that he is made in the image of his loving Creator, God.  We may humbly share with him the privilege of prayer, and the Lord promises “it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)  We may have only just met this child, but he has been on the Lord’s heart since before he was even born.  The Lord has a plan for his life.

The Lord is not one to leave a work undone.  We may go forward in faith, “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you”–and that includes the children!–“will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”.

Praise the Lord, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”–even prepare for an unknown future.  “For we are saved by hope….”

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