There are moments in life where we wonder why certain things didn't work
out our way. We wonder why we didn't get that job promotion, why we didn't
marry that person, why the house we wanted to buy didn't go through. There
are many whys in life and if we allow them to, they can keep our life
stagnant because we will be stuck in the rut of continually asking why. I
believe the reason certain things don't go our way is because we simply
aren't ready for them. We become frustrated because a job we wanted went
to someone else or because a relationship didn't go to the next level and
again we ask why. What we must realize is that by not receiving what we
“wanted”, we may have actually been saved from great heartache or pain.
We must trust that God is in control and that all things will work
together for our good in the end. The right job, the right spouse, the
right home, or whatever it may be will come our way again, but we must be
prepared and ready to receive it. We must do all that we know how to do
so that when opportunity comes around again, we will be ready to receive
and this time it will be to our benefit. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Romans 8:28)
Be encouraged to let the past stay in the past. Do not allow yourself to
linger on thoughts of what has happened to you, but allow yourself to be
open in this present time to receive the good things God has for you.
Don't say why me and get in a rut, but rather stand up again and look
forward to your future. Believe for good things and let your confession
match what you're believing for. Don't believe you are ready and then
complain about how everything is going wrong. Your belief and your
confession must align themselves for positive results to come your way.
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to trust that all
things will work together for your good. Even though hardships may come,
a new beginning is always possible. You simply must be prepared for it.
GETTING READY FOR TOMORROW
You heard about the sign posted on a rancher's fence? On the other side of
the fence resides the biggest, meanest looking bull you can imagine. The
sign is intended to strike fear into the hearts of would-be trespassers.
It reads: “Don't attempt to cross this field unless you can do it in 9.9
seconds. The bull can do it in 10 flat!”
Don't try to cross that field unless you are prepared! And isn't that the
way it is in life? We have to be ready when the opportunity arises or else
we will have little chance of success.
Sixth-grade schoolteacher Ms. Shelton believed in readiness. Students
remember how she walked in on the first day of class and began writing
words of an eighth-grade caliber on the chalkboard. They quickly protested
that the words were not on their level and they couldn't learn them.
Their teacher insisted that the students could and would learn these
words. She said that she would never teach down to them. Ms. Shelton ended
by saying that one of the students in that classroom could go on to
greatness, maybe even be president some day, and she wanted to prepare
them for that day.
Ms. Shelton spoke those words many years ago. Little did she know that
someday one of her students - Jesse Jackson - would take them seriously
(“Leadership,” Summer 1992). She believed that if they were well
prepared, they could achieve high goals.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “People only see what they are prepared to
see.” If that’s true, then it is also true that they only become what they
are prepared to become. And a lot of life is just about getting ready.
“I want to be doing something more significant with my life than what I am
doing now,” a young man once said to me. He felt like what he was doing
was just not that important. Other people have said things to me such as,
“I only wish I had a meaningful relationship.” And, “I'd really like to
get a better job, but I just don’t see how.”
You fill in the blanks. What is it you would like to happen that isn't
happening? Perhaps the answer is that you are not yet ready. Maybe you
need more time to prepare before you are truly ready for that which you desire.
Think of today as another chance to prepare yourself for that exciting
future you are looking for. Today is not wasted. If you desire more from
life, then you can use today as training. For you will experience only
what you are prepared to experience. Something wonderful can happen. And
you can use today to get ready for tomorrow.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
direct thy paths.”
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: I KNOW
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Today’s Selected Testimony: A NEW HEART FROM GOD
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry