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  • Allen Domelle

A Prepared Way

Mark 1:2

As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

In the early years of my ministry, I was a member of a church that helped start a conference that was held around the country. The pastor of my church asked me to help another assistant pastor for two weeks, traveling to pastors in the region to invite them and to ask them to bring their people to this conference. This other assistant pastor and I were simply preparing the way for those who spoke at the conference.

The Scriptures teach that God sent John the Baptist before Christ to prepare thy way before thee. John the Baptist is a type of the Holy Spirit who is sent before us to prepare the way. John the Baptist prepared the heart of the people so that when Christ’s ministry was established, He could make the greatest impact in the short three-year ministry. Likewise, God sends the Holy Spirit before you to prepare your way so that you can make the greatest impact with your life for Christ. This statement gives three truths about God preparing your way that will help you as you serve God.

First, God never sends without preparing the way before you. Every step that I take has been prepared by the Holy Spirit. I may not know the way, but I know the One who has prepared the way. When I look at my life, I could have never imagined the steps God prepared for me to get where I am today. Every step that God prepared for me was to prepare me for the next step to get me to the way that I am in today in pastoring a church. You may not always understand the way, but God has prepared your way before you ever got to where you are presently.

Second, God never sends without being there before you get there. Where you are right now may not be what you have planned or would have chosen, but God knows what He is doing as you walk in places that seem uncertain. One of the great comforts that should help you in your present time of need is that God has already walked where you are walking, and He knows how to lead you in that way because He has already been there. You are in God’s prepared way, and He prepared it because He has already been there; therefore, He knows the way you need to take to get through whatever you face today.

Third, trust the One who has prepared the way when you don’t understand the way. The fact that God has already been where you are, and the fact that He is the One who prepared the way means you need to trust Him to lead you through that way. Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to mind when God says, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. It is when I stop trusting the God who has prepared the way that I get myself into trouble. God commanding you to trust Him is not unfair because He has prepared your way, and He knows where He is taking you; therefore, you are better off trusting the God who has prepared your way than trusting your own feelings that don't know what is in the way or which way to take.

My friend, you will never be led wrong when you trust to follow the God who has prepared your way. He knows where He is taking you, and where He takes you will always be where you will find the greatest blessings of your life.


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