Our Daily Bread- Well Prepared
- READ: Ephesians 6:10-20
You also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. —Matthew 24:44
The idea of always being prepared makes me think of the man who lived next
door to us when I was growing up. When Mr. Nienhuis came home, he never
failed to back his car into the garage. That seemed unusual to me until
my mother explained that Nels was a volunteer fireman. If he got a call, he had to be ready to race to the fire station. He backed in so he
could leave quickly when he had to report for duty.
To be well prepared is important in so much of life. “If I had 8 hours to
chop down a tree, I’d spend 6 sharpening my axe,” said Abraham Lincoln.
We prepare for a career by studying. We buy insurance in case of a car
accident or a house fire. We even prepare for the end of life by making a will to provide for loved ones.
The Bible tells us we must prepare ourselves spiritually as well. We do that by putting on spiritual armor to protect ourselves
from spiritual attack (Eph. 6:10-20); by preparing our minds for holy
living (1 Peter 1:13); by making sure we’re always prepared to answer
questions about the reason for the hope we possess (3:15); and by
ensuring that we are ready for the promised return of Jesus (Matt.
How well prepared are you for what lies ahead? Unsure? Ask the Lord for His help and guidance. —Cindy Hess Kasper
When I awake at early morn
To meet the coming day,
I want to be prepared to take
Whatever comes my way. —Simmons
Spiritual victory comes only to those who are prepared for battle.