Prepare The Way… “This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah. “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ Matthew 3:3
How do you prepare for Christ’s coming out in your life? For example, you may be in a financial wilderness. If so, you seek the wisdom of what the Bible says about managing money. Perhaps you create a spending plan. If necessary downsize your lifestyle to lower expenses, and maintain or even increase your giving. Sometimes it is necessary seek help from a seasoned financial manager, one with objective advice and strategies for your season of life.
Your wilderness may be related to a hard issue that has been ignored, but now needs addressing. Because communication has not been clear, each party has created their own reality around conflicting expectations. Take time to get everything out in the open and talk through a process that works for everyone. A relational wilderness isolates you from the intimacy you need with others and with the Lord. Intimacy is united not divided.
Most of all, make sure prayer has prepared a path for the Holy Spirit to lead and direct your life. Consider prayerful goals that can guide your life over the coming months. Collaborate with your spouse at home and your colleagues at work to come up with the best plan and process for its ongoing implementation. For example, leave the wilderness of bad eating habits to the accountability of well-prepared meals of healthy foods. This takes time and money, but the dividends literally pay off for a lifetime.
Lastly how is your heart? Is it tender to the things of God? Is the Scripture sustenance for your soul? The weeds of unbelief can create confusion, but the luscious green grass of God’s grace gives you an inviting place to practice His presence. “In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues” (Psalm 31:20). His presence is your shelter in the wilderness of man’s unseemly ways. Thus, prepare the way for Lord and you will travel well together.
Is my heart and life prepared to be blessed by God and to be a blessing to others? What preparation does the Lord require of me to carry out His calling on my life?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
February 26, 2021
“Process your emotions by speaking out loud what you feel, lest your pain control you.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 26, 2021 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8 I am thinking about my mom this morning and how to honor her [...]
February 25, 2021
“The Lord wants to strengthen your thinking.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 25, 2021 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount [...]
February 24, 2021
“The best way to help others is for our love to be wedded to their dignity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 24, 2021 In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, [...]