September 25, 2022
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He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.
In sports training there are four common phases, the preparatory phase, preconditioning, competition, and transition phase. Of these four phases, the preparatory phase is the most important. It is during this phase that the athlete achieves the required level of skill, fitness, and specific technical ability for his or her specific sport. In fact, the preparatory phase is so vital that in some sports, such as endurance sports, it is the longest phase of training. If the athlete does not develop the fitness and training needed for the sport in the preparatory phase, he or she cannot move on to the other phases of sports training, and therefore will not be ready for the competition phase, where a high level of performance and endurance is required. But, to successfully complete the preparatory phase of training, the intensity, volume, and type of exercise must be just right, occur at just the right time, and in the right amount.
As God’s children, we are all like athletes in training. God has a specific work for each of us to do. But we must go through that all important preparatory phase. During this phase we learn and perfect our skills, gifts, and talents, we build our endurance through the trials and tribulations that we face. We go from general to specific training abilities for the specific work that God has for each of us to do. And the Lord, as our Trainer, knows just the right intensity and volume of workload for each person, as well as the timing and amount. He’s specific and intentional.
The Bible is full of stories about how God prepares us for the work He has for us to do. One story is that of Joseph, who when he was 17 years old, was imprisoned after his brothers sold him into slavery and he was 30 years old when Pharoah appointed him ruler of Egypt. But on his journey to that position, he had been betrayed by his brothers, separated from his family, lied on, imprisoned, and no doubt went through a tremendous amount of suffering. It was all preparation though for the task that God had waiting for him and in God’s perfect timing, in God’s perfect way, at the perfect place, Joseph arrived at the destination God had set for him from the beginning, to rule Egypt.
So, as you continue, on your journey, be encouraged in this preparatory phase of your training. It is all a part of God preparing you for the purpose He has set for your life. You are God’s masterpiece, and you can’t even imagine the things that He has prepared for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Hold fast to the fact that all your trials and tribulations, heartaches, disappointments, and struggles was and is just God preparing you for the divine work that He has for your to do in His appointed time. Thank Him now for what is to come!
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for being the God of preparation. Lord, You have a unique task and purpose for everyone. But we must be prepared by going through the necessary training in the preparatory phase. Please help us Lord to be in tune with Your Holy Spirit so that we can receive guidance and direction during this phase, and build upon our skills, talents, and gifts to be used for Your glory. Lord, help us to build endurance through our trials and tribulations and help us to be fit for the task at hand and our purpose, which will be given to us and achieved in Your appointed time. We praise and thank You right now Lord, for what is to come!
In Jesus most holy and precious name we pray,
Copyright © 2022 Dr. Lou Ella V. Taylor PhD, CNS, RN