2 Timothy 4:1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
As a Cub Scout, I remember the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”. My first question is, “prepared for what?” and the answer is that we often don’t know what’s coming next. Are we saying… and is this scripture saying… be ready for whatever comes?
Expect the unexpected, but don’t get paranoid. Be like the child anticipating Christmas morning, not knowing what to expect. Be like the soldier standing, poised for battle. Be like the football team in the locker room, getting more and more psyched about getting out there into the game.
This message will help some of us who have entered a season-of-life that has brought many surprises, good and bad. The best way that we can prepare for what is next is to continue to stay close to the One who promised to never leave us or forsake us. He rejoices in our blessings and stands with us in our trials.
Those of you who follow Christ, know that He has a plan for us and it includes all the provisions we need to both survive and overcome. He is always ready. We stay ready by following Him closely and listening to and obeying what He says to do, to say, and to be… and also by not doing what he said not to do, say, or be.
The deep spiritual truths of this message will also give you practical handles on being prepared in season and out of season.