“Prepare to meet your God, O Israel."1
Terry George, director of ACTS work in Australia told how, at a special community fire safety meeting, the attendees were reminded that they live in one of the highest fire risk areas in Australia. Because of this, they needed to be well prepared ahead of time should their area be consumed by a bush (forest) fire. This was particularly pertinent at a time when so much of Australia was experiencing extreme drought conditions.
Terry and Lynne live right on the edge of Adelaide’s bush land in a delightful natural setting where they often see koalas, kangaroos, echidna, rosella parrots and many other birds and small creatures in their back yard. During a time of severe drought Terry was actually giving a kangaroo a drink from his garden hose. All of these things are a thrilling experience and, as such, it is all too easy to forget the dangers of their surroundings.
The first question the rural fire officers asked was, “Do you have an action plan in case of a bush fire?” Terry realized that he didn’t and was determined to make sure that he did for the protection of their home but especially for the safety and survival of himself and Lynne.
He was also reminded of the vital importance for all of us to have an action plan in place for when we come to the end of our life’s journey. God’s reminder to ancient Israel to prepare to meet God also applies to each of us. God’s Word also reminds us that “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”2
"Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that Your Word not only reminds me that I need to prepare now for when I meet You face to face, but also that it shows me just how I can prepare by accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Help me to make sure that I have done this and am fully prepared to meet You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
NOTE: For help to make sure you are prepared to meet God read “How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian” at: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9
1. Amos 4:12 (NIV).
2. Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV).