PREPARING for God is the meeting of a lifetime. But it is also a meeting at the end of "time" as we know it and just before the entering of time everlasting. The problem as I see it is many people are not prepared to meet God either here and now, or then, up there.

            PREPARATION is a necessary part of life. We prepare for the future, work, vacations, dinner, a rainy day, and sometimes we prepare for the worst. There are so many things in a day we prepare for, but are we prepared to meet God? God wants to meet us right now. In fact anytime we want to meet with God, He is available. He has made the choice to meet with you but it is your choice to meet with Him.

            THE word "prepare" in the Greek is the compound word "Ana - Zonnumi". The first part of the word is "Ana" which means to go back over, again and again, in order to master something. It's like rehearsing the notes on a scale so many times that the music just flows without thought, only feeling, or re-reading a report over and over so that when you speak there is a flow of continuity and clarity, or it's repeating again and again the fundamentals of a sport so at game time everything related to the sport flows naturally with grace and ease. The second part of the word "prepare" in the Greek is "Zonnumi" which means to gird or fasten. Like a belt around your waist. It also means anything that is fitted to you or for you.

            SO when you put the words Ana and Zonnumi together, they collectively mean to go over something so many times it becomes second nature, attached to and fitted for you. This "preparation" is what makes us masters at something. Can you imagine being so proficient at meeting God every day that we come to know how He thinks and what He would say in a given situation? What would our lives be like if we mastered meeting God in the morning through reading His word and through prayer and praise?

Preparation Only Takes Time
With Just A Bit More Time.

            TRULY great people are not the hap-hazard type who fly by the seat of their pants or cross their fingers and hope for the best. There is a rhyme and a reason to them. A routine and even a set of rituals keeping them on track with the goals they have determined for themselves, or their teams, or their companies. They are prepared to succeed in all aspects of life and their preparation makes success not only possible but achievable.

            HOW can we be better at meeting God? We must know that it will not just happen. Our physical life will swallow up our spiritual life in a heartbeat. We must prepare to meet God and grow spiritually. But this will require a few things from us in order to happen.

            FIRST, to prepare to meet with God we must make Deliberate Decisions. David wrote in Psalm 42:2, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?"

            THE blessings of knowing God and being prepared for Him is not something we should take lightly. We must be ready not only for His promised return, but also for His presence right now. God wants to meet with us on a daily basis. We must be deliberate about scheduling

Him in. Making room for God is one of the themes of Christmas (no room at the Inn). Make room for Him at your "Inn", which by the way, is your heart.

            SECOND, to prepare to meet with God, we need Daily Disciplines. In Psalm 1:2, David said, "...His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night."

            NO one wants to be boring. But if there is one area we need to be boring, it's with our character and in our Christian walk. When it comes to God, we need to bore more to go deep. We need a daily routine in order to have a powerfully boring life. As David wrote in Psalm 1:2-3, we will be like "...A tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

            THOSE prepared to meet God right now, daily, with and on purpose, will have a pretty easy time meeting God later on. What we all need is to be...

"Prepared For God In 2016."