Do we plan and prepare for the things God promises? Maybe we feel as if we don’t have to, but what if there was an element of preparation necessary on our part? What if that preparation and planning demonstrated gratitude and appreciation – even reverence for God as the Giver of that promise? What if God were waiting for us to take steps of preparation and planning before He blessed us with the fruit of the promise?
Good stewardship involves some degree of planning and preparation. Appreciation and gratitude demand it; in fact, I would suggest that without a response involving planning and preparation, there can be no real appreciation and gratitude for the promise. Such a response conveys to God the value we place on Him and His promise. It says, “This is important and I’m going to get ready for it. I want to bring my best self and best efforts into this promise.”
Before Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, he commanded the people to prepare provisions before they crossed the Jordan River. (Josh. 1:11) He later told them to consecrate themselves “for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Josh. 3:5) They were to ready themselves to receive God’s promise.
Shall we do any less with God’s promises to us?
In Him, Jo