One of the reasons that being prepared is so important is because it means that we take a lot of the fear out of the situations we face or may face. When we’re not trying to catch up with what we find ourselves dealing with we’re able to not only work through the problem quicker, we’re able to do it in a better frame of mind and with less stress. Personally, that’s my choice.
One of the reasons the Bible talks about teaching and learning the Word of God is because it means that we’ll be prepared for facing challenges to our faith, and have a few guidelines for what we can do in situations we haven’t experienced before or aren’t sure how to handle it even from a strictly human perspective.
We talk about going through different experiences as a test or as preparation for what is to come because God doesn’t usually find it best to spring things on us, but rather prefers to send us in with tools and support so that we can set a good example and succeed rather than fail. Despite what some may believe, God isn’t one who likes to see us fail or takes joy in it. Usually those failures are lessons we need to learn for what is to come or just to develop us as people.
If you’d rather be prepared for what is to come in your future there are a few things you can do. First read your Bible daily and read other devotionals, blogs or books too. Second, don’t overexpose yourself to the things of the world. Yes, it’s good to know what goes on so that yo aren’t out of touch or irrelevant, but it’s not the goal to be a superfan. Third, take time to educate yourself on things that will add value to you personally or professionally like courses, events and mentors. Spending time working on these pursuits means that you’ll have more foundation and education to support you through your experiences. Finally, make sure you’ve got a good support network to help you with whatever challenges you face. The people in your life and their experiences are some of the most valuable tools you have.
“In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Psalm 118:5-6