Prepare Our Hearts
It seems to me that all the turmoil in the world should be reminding us to prepare.
“Prepare for what?” You might ask.
It could mean a lot of things. The realignment of the geopolitical map, being careful of the latest pestilence, walking lightly among those who disagree with us, worry over financial situations and what that means for our futures, and more.
Or, it could mean to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord.
No, this isn’t religious mumbo jumbo. The Scriptures admonish us, in many verses, to pay attention to the signs of the times.
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God (Isaiah 40:1 NKJV).
Just reading this gives comfort to my heart. God sees it all. He cares what we go through. His heart hurts right along with ours.
Read on: it tells us that our sin is pardoned, our warfare ends in Him, the rough places will be smoothed. We may be as the grass that withers and the flowers that fade, but God’s Word goes on forever.
We can count on it!
Remember the voice crying in the wilderness? Yes! That voice led to the revelation of Messiah.
Prepare the way – clean out your heart. Make a straight path through that desert and make it a highway for our God.
Let every valley be exalted and every mountain of pride brought low. Let the crooked places straighten out and welcome our God!
When God’s glory is revealed over all the earth, He tells us to SHOUT IT OUT! BE NOT AFRAID!
BEHOLD YOUR GOD!
He comes as King.
But He already holds us close as Shepherd.
He comes in strength and brings rewards. But now, He gathers His lambs and holds them close. He carries us close to His heart. He guides us gently in His ways.
This is comfort, indeed.