December 6th “Making Room to Prepare for God’s Blessings”
Luke 1: 13-1
In Luke 1, we see that Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth are to be blessed with a son who would be named John. In verse 13, the first thing the angel says to Zacharias is to not be afraid. He states that the Lord has heard his prayer. This simple statement can bring us great comfort when we await a blessing, whether it is a child, or anything else. The Lord hears our prayers and answers them according to His will. We do not have to fear because we serve a God who is the great orchestrator of all things.
When receiving a blessing, there is a bit of preparation that can be done on our end. For example, Zacharias and Elizabeth are about to become parents. This means they will need to plan to have all the right things that are required to raise a child such as clothes, a crib, etc. However if a new parent is consumed with making sure everything is “perfect” for when the child comes, they will miss out on the joy that comes from experiencing the days leading up to the birth. Our own blessings are the same way. If we consume ourselves in making sure our circumstances, spiritual walk, nances, etc. are perfect, we miss out on all the lessons and information needed to fully receive and understand the blessing at hand. Our God is a God of process and He works for our good. If He is sending a blessing, then we can trust that we are ready, and can rend our hearts to the process and receive what He has promised.
We are creatures of habit and we love to prepare for the best outcome. Rending our hearts to the will of the Lord is difficult and requires faith and trust. Making room for the blessings that are headed our way does not have to be a daunting task but we can do simple things that can ensure our hearts are open and submitted to the will of the Father. One thing we can do is be patient and let God be God. He is the great orchestrator of all things. He will give us strength to endure the things we cannot handle. We can also go through the processes of the season we are in. We go through seasons in life to further our in intimacy and let the Lord mold us into who He has called us to be. By simply going through the process we become more Christ-like and are better prepared to handle the blessings that are before us. Lastly we can trust in the will of the Lord. Everything God does is to glorify Him and we can find peace knowing that all things are working towards His glory.
1. Do you trust the Lord and the plan He has for you?
2. Are you focused on making sure everything is perfect, are you focused on the will of God?
3. Are you afraid of a blessing God has for you?
4. What can you do to prepare for a blessing?