Genesis 22:3 “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up and went unto the place of which God had told him.”
Abraham rose up early to set about his assignment but even then he didn’t set about it haphazardly. He set about his mission with utmost care and adequate preparation.
Many people hear God, know their assignment and even gathered up resources but they still end up failing just because this particular ingredient was missing. This ingredient is what I call Adequate preparation.
Many great undertakings failed not because they didn’t have a clear direction but because they didn’t have the required planning and preparation. Preparation is actually the main ingredient that determines the overall outcome of a project.
One day, I was looking at the story of the redemption of man and was wondering why it took close to four thousand years from Adam to Jesus. Most bible scholars agree on this figure following the bible chronologically.
As I was meditating on this, the Holy Spirit whispered to me and said, “It was because I had to plan and make adequate preparation! The redemption of man had to be foolproof with no margin for error.”
Then it became very clear to me. God is a careful planner. He takes his time to think up different eventualities and then makes arrangements to counter them. That is why none of His plans have and can ever fail. God said:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (RSV)
God is a great strategist, he makes plans and prepares, that is why nothing takes him by surprise.
I saw this in operation many times in the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land.
To be continued…
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