Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013 … Preparing for the Launch

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 273

Devotional Song: Go to this link -  Please take the time to meditate on this poignant song, sung by Sara Groves, entitled It’s Going To Be Alright, reminding all Christians that no matter what we’re going through, God is putting us through His preparation for Him to launch us into His purposes for our lives.

Highlight meditation passage – Joshua 1: 1-2 : [God launches Joshua.]  
1 After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Moses, My servant, is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them.
Highlight reading study of Joshua, Chapter 1, Verses 1-9: Go to this link … 

Reference Passage #1: Philippians 1: 6 [God puts us all through a staging process before launching us for His purposes.] … [NLT] …  
6 And I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Reference Passage #2: Romans 8: 28 [Life itself, many times, is God’s preparation for life itself.] … [NKJV] …
28 All things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.

My Journal for Today: Have you ever noticed how much meticulous preparation it takes to launch one of those heavily loaded shuttles into space? When we see the spectacular launch [photo attached], it likely has been years of preparation which has allowed that launch to take place. And it is said that well over 70 percent of the fuel in the staging rockets to get that shuttle into space to do it’s designed functions is expended just to get the shuttle to go five feet off the launching pad. And I’m hoping that this word picture will show all of us Christians that it takes a whole lot of prep-time by God and a whole lot of our energy to just get us off the ground to launch us into the life God has purposed for our lives as His servants.

That was Joshua’s situation at the outset of the account of going into the Promised Land, wasn’t it? Think of all those years, serving God and Moses diligently as Moses’ right-hand man; and then, when Moses died, it was time for Joshua’s launching-pad experience. And in Joshua, Chapter 1, linked above, we read God’s pep-talk to Joshua just before God’s rocket-man was to be launched from the preparation phase of his life into God’s Promised Land. And it was hard for Joshua to go from prep-mode to launch-mode, wasn’t it? Here were over 2 million of God’s people who had been through over 40 years wandering in the wilderness, in preparation, for this moment; and now, Moses wasn’t here to lead them. Joshua had to have faith that God had prepared him – through all those years – for this to be his launching pad moment.

Have you been through a lot in your life? When I think back to all those years which I wandered in the wilderness of life, going through the pain and agony I put myself through, it was impossible back then for me to see that God was preparing to launch me into where I am serving Him today. But all of those years were God’s way, in His timing, to get me ready for His launching me into what I now see as the years of what I was designed to do in His service.

The question, as we’re going through some agonizing experience in our lives, is do we believe God’s promising exhortation through the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1: 6 and Romans 8: 28, copied above? Because if we do, we’ll realize that if we don’t see ourselves doing what God has launched us to do for His glory, then He’s likely preparing us for that launch. And anything we’re going through – no matter how agonizingly long it is - is for our good, as His disciples, and for His glory as our Lord/Savior.

So, I pray this day that we all see ourselves, either being prepared for God’s launch, or maybe, having been launched, floating in the space of His purpose for our lives. And just think where our ship is headed [?] … for a space life we can’t even imagine.

My Prayer for Today … You have launched me, Lord, and now I travel toward Your purpose … for Your glory. … Amen

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