In Philippians 4:6-7, New Living Translation, the Apostle Paul says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” That’s good sound advice, especially as we try to navigate the many difficulties we face in life. It’s good to know God will comfort us during those times, and give us His peace so our minds and hearts are not filled with anxiety, fear and worry. But in the midst of all the chaos, and while we wait on Him to deliver us, God expects us to always stay prepared—to have a plan for moving forward when our deliverance comes so we don’t miss out on His blessings. How do we do that? By keeping our focus and attention on Him and His Word. Take a few moments and read the story of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 and you’ll see what happens when you don’t have a plan. It will help you understand the importance of keeping your focus and your heart on the Lord and that, just as Jesus could return at any moment, so can His blessings come to us. When that happens, you want to be ready to seize the moment and receive whatever He has for you. It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life—so busy that you take your mind off those things that are most important. You can become so consumed with the cares of daily life that you don’t recognize God’s voice from that of the devil. But when your mind is fixed on the Lord, you won’t be deceived or confused. You won’t be caught off guard. You’ll recognize Him and know that His blessings are upon you. Get ready, and stay ready. Always have a plan!

 

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