When we first met Robert, a country preacher from Alabama, he delivered an all-important one-liner that has stuck with me ever since. His exhortation is definitely for this day and hour as he proclaimed, “God prepares us today for what will happen tomorrow.”
This week’s prophetic blog post features an image of a wooden bridge leading into a forest. If someone had never traversed this path before but had decided he would like to travel it, there’s really no way of knowing what lies ahead.
Unlike an unknown bridge and where it will lead, we can always rely upon the Lord to direct our steps if we will yield to Him and His ways.
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Taking A Page From A Fictional Book.
When penning fiction, there’s an old adage that an author is typically a “plotter” or a “pantser” or perhaps a combination of both.
The plotter will generally outline his or her overall work of fiction from beginning to end while allowing for a little bit of elasticity in between.
Enter the pantser who literally just flies by the seat of his or her pants without much planning until the last page is finished.
Applying the analogy above is sometimes how we navigate daily life. The saving grace is that we can always draw near to our Lord Jesus to help direct our steps to keep us on the narrow path which leads to eternal life.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Some Ways That God Shows Us Today How To Prepare For Tomorrow.
(A) His Word
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” (Proverbs 22:3 – NIV)
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:6-11 – NIV)
What additional Bible verses would you add to this list?
(B) An Authentic Prophetic Voice or Message
Despite what some present-day denominations teach, there are still prophets today and will continue to be until we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God.
“And He [Jesus] Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
As the Old Testament Prophet, Amos, reminds us, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)
This verse from Amos 3:7 can sometimes apply more on a global scale than a personal one, but the reason it’s vital is because what happens worldwide affects us individually. We are starting to see that now more than ever before as the nations and continents continue to shake, bake, rattle, reel and roll.
An Authentic New Testament Prophet or prophetic voice will have a proven track record of accurately bringing forth the word of the Lord in due season.
God didn’t pour out all of His secrets just in the Old Testament. There are recorded New Testament prophecies (Acts 11:27-30), and He is still speaking today.
(C) A Dream Or Other Supernatural Encounter
In both the Old and New Testaments, God gave dreams to people to help forewarn them and supply wisdom and strategies.
A couple of examples are Pharoah’s twice speak for double emphasis dreams in Genesis 41and Joseph’s dream to protect baby Jesus in Matthew 2:13.
Does God supply you during the night seasons with prophetic dreams? If not, pray and ask Him to start giving them to you!
(D) Other Stirrings of The Holy Spirit
These would include hearing an audible voice from heaven, a spiritual song downloaded to your spirit, or just knowing something for certain within your heart. The Old Timey Saints referred to this as, “Knowing in your knower.” The Holy Spirit is very creative, so there’s no limit as to how He can minister to us.
(E) Nature – God’s Creation
Our back yard is home to a gorgeous, majestic 55-foot-tall oak tree that sheds beaucoup acorns every fall. Suffice it to say, it’s a squirrel’s paradise. As I watch them scurry around to “squirrel away” their food for the winter, it’s a great reminder for me to check the supplies in my pantry.
Can you think of other examples from God’s creation that readily come to mind? If so, what are they, and how have you applied them to your life?
The One Who Does Not Change.
In a rapidly changing world, thankfully, there is One who never changes.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.” (Hebrews 13:8-9)
In Psalms 23 and 100:3, we are promised that the Lord is our shepherd Who takes such good care of us every day.
When our hearts are steadfast and trusting in Jesus, we will have no fear of bad news. (Psalm 112:5-9)
Living in Matthew 6:31-34 is a tall challenge but very possible as it’s loaded with rich promises, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
Here are some additional verses for meditation: John 14:27 and Philippians 4:19.
The Most Important Preparation Today For Tomorrow.
We are definitely living in the days of the preparation of the Five Wise Virgins referenced in Matthew 25:1-13.
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
This parable can also be read and studied in Luke 12:35-40.
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living.
#1. Do you deem it is important to be as prepared as you can be for what will happen tomorrow?
#2. Has there been a time in your life when God has prepared you today for what was going to happen tomorrow? When was this, and what was the end result? Were you thankful for the warning or advice ahead of time?
#3. Are you spiritually prepared with your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? This is the most important question each of us will answer during our earthly days. The words of the Apostle Peter still echo down through the chambers of time, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10-11)
Additional scriptures to contemplate are Philippians 4:3, Hebrews 12:23, and Revelation 3:4-5, 13:8, 20:15, and 21:27.
#4. As you study and ponder the Parable of The Five Wise Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, how do these scriptures speak to you? What vital instructions and warnings are being quickened unto you?
#5. In March of 2021, my weekly blog post centered upon the pitfalls and dangers of distractions that can sometimes enter into our lives when God is preparing us today for what will happen tomorrow. Here’s the link to scope it out: https://sheilaeismann.com/dangers-of-distractions/
Dangers of Distractions
My daddy, Fred, would oftentimes sit at the kitchen table inside our country house and listen to the song, “Don’t worry, be happy!” Those words from my Sage Creek Farm days still resonate in my heart and spirit as I wait upon God to prepare me today for what will happen tomorrow.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
May all of you have a blessed week, and to have the peace of God, we have to trust Him with our entire future.
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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