God had already made plans for them.

how-did-noah-fit-all-the-animals-in-the-arkThroughout the Bible, we see examples of where God had already prepared things in advance for people. God had already made plans for them and had got everything prepared and ready for exactly the right time. The first example that we see in the Bible, is at the very beginning. God prepared the garden of Eden, got everything there just right, and then placed the newly created Adam in it: “The Eternal God planted a garden in the east in Eden—a place of utter delight—and placed the man whom He had sculpted there“, Genesis 2:8, The Voice translation. Later in Genesis, we see God making preparations for the flood that He knew would have to come, if Mankind was not to destroy itself. God knew that building an ark was a mammoth task for just four men (initially just Noah) and so God had Noah start work well in advance, so that the ark was prepared and ready when it was needed.

God needed to get Joseph to Egypt.

idealightbulbjeffbullassiteStill in Genesis, we find the account of when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Just as the angel calls to Abraham to tell him to stop, Abraham looks up and sees a ram caught in a bush: “Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in the bushes. So he took the ram and sacrificed it in place of his son” (Genesis 22:13, Contemporary English Version). God had prepared that ram, so that it would be in the right place, at the right time. We also see God’s preparations at work in the life of Abraham’s great-grandson, Joseph. God had planned for Joseph to bring deliverance from famine to Egypt, the surrounding countries and of course Joseph’s family. But in order for that to happen, God needed to get Joseph to Egypt. When Joseph’s brothers threw him into the pit and talked about killing him, it looked as though God’s plans were defeated – however……

God had prepared a group of people to pass by at just the right time, so that Joseph’s brothers would have the bright idea of selling Joseph to them and Joseph could get to where he was supposed to be: “While they were eating, they suddenly saw a group of Ishmaelites traveling from Gilead to Egypt……..Judah said to his brothers, “…….Let’s sell him to these Ishmaelites……” His brothers agreed, and when some Midianite traders came by, the brothers…..sold him for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt” (Genesis 37:25-28, Good News Translation).

It wasn’t the most pleasant way to get to Nineveh.

fda54c89d63de555aa3c5de9937f29bcIn the book of Jonah, we see another example of having God having things prepared to appear, exactly at the right time. In this case Jonah is doing his best not to obey God, but God needs Jonah to prophecy to the people of Nineveh ASAP and He will not allow Jonah to delay those plans. You know the story: Jonah boards a boat heading in the opposite direction and a great storm arises. Then after finding out that Jonah is responsible and trying their best to avoid doing it, the sailors throw Jonah into the sea. Jonah 1:17 describes what happens next: “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah“. God may or may not have created a special fish, just for the purpose of swallowing Jonah; but either way, that fish was exactly where it needed to be. It wasn’t the most pleasant way to get to Nineveh, I heard it said recently that Jonah would have looked jaundiced by the time the fish spat him out. Jonah could have chosen God’s plan A – the plan where he obeyed God from the outset; but nevertheless, that fish which God had prepared, saved both Jonah and ultimately the people of Nineveh. One thing we can learn from Jonah is that doing things God’s way will be far more pleasant that not doing things God’s way.

Just relax, God’s got it all in hand.

In the gospel of John, Jesus talks of how He will prepare places for us in Heaven: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 talks more of the wonderful things that God has prepared for us, “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him’. But God has, through the Spirit, let us share his secret” (J.B.Phillips translation). If you have a need in your life today, my message to you is this: Don’t worry about it, God has the answer already prepared for you – if you will trust Him and allow Him to work. Just relax, God’s got it all in hand.

Or maybe you are believing God for something that’s not really a need per se, the same thing applies – relax. Just as God prepared the garden for Adam, God is preparing whatever it is you’re believing for. All you need to do is to trust Him and don’t allow yourself to get stressed. Whatever situation you find yourself in, whatever it is that is on your mind, there is no need to worry – God is a prepared God, your situation has not caught Him off guard. Remember the advice that Jesus gave in Matthew 6:31-33: “Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also” (The Amplified Bible).

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