Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 21:31, The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
The journey of life starts from our first breath of life and just from that day, we are faced with the journey ahead, gradually walking towards our destined path as ordained by God.
When Christ was born by Mary, His star rose and immediately became noticeable to King Herod and likewise the wise men who came to Jesus’ manger bearing gifts. As King Herod knew what was embedded in Jesus and the kind of glory Christ carried, Herod sought after Baby Jesus to kill Him. Just after the wise men departed, Joseph the father of Jesus was told to flee and return to Bethlehem only after King Herod had died.
All through the time they left Bethlehem for Egypt, God was preparing baby Jesus for the Journey ahead, Matthew 2:13-23. He had a future assignment He was being prepped for which was to be the saviour of the world, Matthew 1:21.
Same as Jesus, we all have a purpose and there is a reason why God created us, He is always purposeful for all His creation.
At times, I sit quietly for long trying to understand why certain things happens to people. I then progress to expanding my thoughts; trying to analyse why somethings go right and other things go wrong.
I ask rhetorically why some seem privileged and others are not so privileged, why a man may be rich today and poor tomorrow, honestly the questions are unlimited but I always find my answers in the Bible and ending it with a quote “God always prepares us for the Journey ahead.”
When God provides in abundance like he did for the Israelites in the land of Egypt according to Genesis 41:29, It’s sometimes His way of preparing us for what will happen in the future, Genesis 41:30-31. His abundance is always a means to an end.
He at times blesses you to be a provider to some people with serious needs, makes you go through some hurdles so you can mentor others when they go through it, gives you gifts so you can use it for the manifestation of His glory on earth and so many more. Definitely God has His ways of preparing us for the journey ahead.
This year’s success does not guarantee the success of the following year but continuous success can only be achieved by those who remain connected to the source; God, and diligently obey His word.
Evidently from the bible text today, we see how God fed Elijah meals which lasted Him 40 days for the journey he had ahead of Him. This means of provision was awesome and the outcome of the refuelling was equally great.
No matter what the circumstances or situation is right now, God is using your current situation to shape you for the journey ahead and I know some situations may seem uncomfortable, but it’s all part of the setup to help you deliver in your place of destiny.
This season of shaping wouldn’t last forever, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, tells us there is time for everything. So I encourage you to keep pressing on, keep obeying His word and depending on Him. This will help you fit in nicely in the period of harvest like Joseph did.
He was trained ahead through his trials and situations for the Job of a prime minister, Genesis 41:41.
Remember tough times never last, but tough people do. Don’t get rusty, keep going, He has a plan for you.
• Thank you Lord for another wonderful day
• Give me strength Lord as you prepare me towards the great course.
• Help me Lord to never give up but continually operate at the centre piece of your purpose for my life.
• Thank God for answers to prayers, Amen.
Have a pleasant December and God bless you.