21 Days of Hope - Hope of a Prepared Future
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)
One of the things that can give us great hope when we are living in times of uncertainty is the fact that we are not just hoping for a better future, we are heading to a future that has already been prepared for us. When someone buys tickets to a concert, they get in a car and head for a destination. If that destination was something simply in their own mind, they were wishing for you might actually feel sorry for them. But if that destination was prepared for and announced by someone with a perfect track record of producing what they said they were going to present you would be excited for them.
From before the world began, God prepared our lives with works and outcomes that He ordained. What a joy to know that He has planned our days in advance. We may not know for certain what that plan is, but we know that we are moving towards something He has planned and prepared.
As we read the stories of the Bible, we discover that:
When Jonah was thrown overboard God had prepared a fish to swallow him up
When Abraham’s servant went to find a wife for Isaac, he discovered God had prepared Rebekah to cross his path
When Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, he discovered God had prepared a lamb in the thicket.
Psalms 23 says the Lord prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemy.
Jesus says we don’t have to fear death because He has gone to prepare a place for us.
He also said when we have to give a testimony about him, we won’t have to worry about what we are going to say because the Holy Spirit will have prepared for us words that He will give us in that moment.
It brings incredible peace and hope when we know we are walking into a prepared future. It’s easy to leave our anxieties aside. We know the right door will open at the right time for the perfect opportunity if we just abide in Christ and follow the voice of our Good Shepherd.
I like the story I heard about the filming of the movie “Ben Hur.” Charlton Heston had to ride a chariot in the famous chariot race. He had never ridden a chariot before. He told the director Cecil B DeMille that he wasn’t sure about that race. He especially said he doubted if he could win. The director told him, Charlton your job is to simply stay in the chariot. My job is to make sure you win.
Just abide in Christ God has prepared amazing things for you to walk into today. Because He has prepared works for you, you will be successful in life.
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