Are You Planning or Preparing?


Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. -- Matthew 25:1-4

I juggle so many tasks and projects simultaneously that proper preparation is crucial. My mornings are chaos if I haven’t prepared the previous night. As a matter of fact, I have a notebook with various to-do lists because I write everything down!

We prepare for exams, interviews or meetings by pre-empting difficult questions and by having answers ready. But are we ever prepared for those difficult life questions that people seeking God might ask us?

You don’t have to have all the knowledge and know the Bible off the top of your head but be prepared to share your story. Everyone has a story to tell.

We prepare for trips by making sure our documents are in order, we have a list of items to pack, medical aid kits sorted, outfits for different occasions.

We spend time preparing nutritional meals, making sure our bodies have all the nutrients needed for health and survival, but are we spiritually prepared?

In short, we spend many hours in preparation for our activities and work here on earth. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, because preparation prevents chaos, and when we find ourselves in chaos we lose focus, allowing opportunities for the enemy to attack.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. --1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)

Is there a difference, though, between planning and preparing?

No-one plans for an accident to happen, but we are prepared for it by having insurance and medical coverage.

Five of the virgins were prepared and the other five had a plan.

Proverbs 19:21 says, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”

We prepare by spending time in prayer and in God’s Word. We soak in His presence so that our lamps are full and burning brightly. So that when life happens, and plans go wrong, we can go with the flow and not feel forsaken because we are prepared, we are spiritually filled with enough oil to carry us through life’s challenges.

So I ask myself again today, am I really prepared or have I spent too much time planning my life here on earth?

Reflection

Think of a few of those “tough life questions” that people tend to ask, for example:

1) Where was God when….(enter whatever might have happened in your personal life)

2) Why didn’t God stop….from happening?

Use these difficult life questions and start preparing your testimony so that you can answer these difficult questions from own experience.

Prayer

Dear Lord, forgive us for thinking that we can plan every detail of our lives. Thank You, Lord, that You know the plans that You have for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. To give us a future and to give us hope.


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