God is Always Preparing You for Something
One of the most impressive (to me) Bible stories is the story of Moses. Think about this: he was born into a hostile environment, found by the Pharoah’s daughter, raised in the palace, nursed by his mother, a favorite son of the Pharoah and then murders an Egyptian. That’s the first 40 years of his life.
Having run for his life, he ends up marrying a shepherdess and becomes a shepherd for 40 years. I mean, what kind of highly educated man would want to do that? But he humbly shepherded sheep until He encountered God in the burning bush.
Those first 80 years of his life prepared him for his ultimate calling: to lead God’s chosen out of slavery and into a new land.
One of our retired brothers has worked in the jail ministry with drug dealers and addicts. I recently learned that he had been a drug head when he was younger and had struggled with it all his life. He also shared with me his feelings about it all: “The Lord has prepared me for this ministry.” I agree. It’s difficult to argue with that. His female counterpart is a mother of two fine young folks and works in a factory. She works long hard hours and has opened her home to more than one female addict. I ask her ever-so-often, “Are you ok?” Her answer? “I love this. This is what I should be doing.” I agree. I believe that God has prepared her all her life to do what she does week after week in our county jail.
What is (and what has) the Lord preparing you for? If you’re a recovering addict, he may be preparing you to work with addicts. If you have survived cancer, he may be preparing you to help others who are struggling with cancer. If you have been through a divorce, God may be preparing you to minister to divorcees. If you have lost a loved one, He may be preparing you to help others in grief. If you are extraordinaire with computers, the Lord has prepared you to help with websites and computer issues for others (and maybe even the church). If you are in medicine, the Lord has prepared you to help those who cannot afford health care (home and abroad). If you have the skills of a carpenter, he has called you to share that expertise with those that need it. The list can go on and on. God is always preparing us for something now and later.
When I was in undergraduate school I prepared to be an educational director.
The Lord sent me to Ohio to preach for 30 years. I now do involvement work. I am convinced that my service in pulpit work prepared me for what I do now.
Hindsight is always 20/20. It is usually when we are older that we can look back and see how God prepared us for some special ministry. It is sobering and humbling, too.
More recently I have survived a rare deadly cancer. God has prepared me to help others going (or about to go) through the same experiences. My wife and I started a cancer support group. Last evening we had our largest group meet. I believe that the Lord is not done with me yet and that He is still preparing me to serve in other ways.
I have lived long enough to see that God is always preparing others and myself for something. It is usually something bigger than any of us! Be open to His leading and be sensitive to his preparing you for service even in the difficult times. I promise you that He is always preparing you for something. Trav