A People Prepared For the Lord
A People Prepared For the Lord
The LORD God Almighty knows our every single thought. That can be rather scary — or very comforting. King David was so comforted by God’s knowledge of him that he had to write about it. David wrote in Psalm 139:1-6,
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
David could not figure out God’s intimate knowledge of us, and neither can we. But, we don’t have to. All we need to realize is that God loves us so deeply that He sent His only begotten Son to be born in a manger, suffer and die as the ultimate payment for our sins, and be resurrected as proof that the living God has done all this according to His promises.
All God’s intimate knowledge of our hearts and minds brings us to God’s preparation of our hearts to accept Christ as our Savior and Lord — a real Christmas story —the story of Christ being born in our hearts and minds.
Before Jesus was born, God prepared the way for the people to realize the truth of His salvation in Christ. God did that by sending John the Baptist to prepare the hearts of the people. Before John was even conceived, an angel announced to Zacharias (John the Baptist’s aged father), that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son in their old age — and that their son was to be God’s special messenger to the people.
The angel described God’s purpose in having John the Baptist born in Luke 1:17,
It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Just as John the Baptist was sent ahead of Jesus to preach repentance and the coming of the Savior — so, we too, have had people in our lives, who were forerunners, who have prepared our hearts and minds to wholly accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The people and happenings that have prepared our hearts might have been rejected for some time — or maybe they were welcomed. None of that matters — unless we end up never accepting Jesus in our heart.
It is because every single one of us is a sinner, doomed to die eternally, that we all need heart and mind preparation of some kind. We need a witness — a forerunner. For some, that preparation might have come from parents when they were tiny tots. For others, a Sunday School teacher, pastor, or friend might have witnessed and prepared their hearts. Others may have gone many years seeing many indications of a Savior, but not paying any attention to what seemed irrelevant. And still others, may have spent a whole lot of time in downright repulsion for every time they saw or heard anything in connection with Jesus Christ.
Whatever our situation in life, God has always been using others to witness in some way or another to prepare our hearts to finally come to a knowledge of the truth. It is the end result that matters to God. It’s as Jesus says in Luke 19:10,
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
God is seeking us. King David, in Psalm 139 above, realized how God was always seeking him to keep him in a “saved” condition. That is why he says in verse 17, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” God always has every one of us in His thoughts, so what God thinks of us should be precious to us.
So then, the question becomes — what are we doing with God’s efforts to witness to us and help us to grow in the one true faith? God wants us to be strong in the truth because He loves us. David ended Psalm 139 with, “And lead me in the everlasting way.”
Do we want the Christ to be born in our hearts? Do we want the LORD God to lead us “in the everlasting way”? All it is is facing the truth. Do we want truth — or do we want to live in our lies, ending up in eternal death?
What will we do with the Christ Child? Let Him be born in our hearts. As we think of the awesomeness of God’s love in Christ, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, You have pursued us and won us by Your grace and almighty power. All glory is to Your name!”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.