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Preparation

“So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” Revelation 8:6

 

I’ve read the book of Revelation many times. I’ve read about the angels with the seven trumpets many times. This is the first time I’ve really noticed what this verse says. The angels prepared themselves. Think about that for a minute. Angels, who dwell in the very presence of God Himself, prepared themselves for the work He called them to do. Angels are mysterious creatures. We don’t know a lot about them. That said, I don’t think this is an issue of obedience. I don’t think the thought of not blowing those trumpets ever crossed their minds. Rather, I think they were preparing themselves to undertake the task God had given them, a great and fearful task of calling forth judgments upon a God-rejecting world.

Are we any better than angels? Why then, do we think we don’t also need to prepare ourselves for the work God calls us to do? Once again, I’m not talking about obedience, although unlike these angels we do sometimes struggle with that aspect of following God’s call. I’m talking about doing what we need to do to make sure we’re ready to obey. I feel God has called me to write. Should I just write without working on my craft, making sure I can write to the best of my ability in order to accomplish His purposes? Should I assume that because God has called me, I don’t have to do anything to get ready to do what He’s asked? At the very least, we need to spend time before God in prayer asking His guidance and wisdom in obeying what He’s called us to do. Will God bring about through us what He wishes to accomplish? Yes. Does that release us from the responsibility to prepare ourselves to do His work? No.

The decision to obey can be made in an instant. The preparation to obey could take years. As we wait for God to do His part, may we not become slack in doing ours.

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