29th September 2020
‘Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.’
Joshua 2:1 (NIV)
My first ever live concert that I went to was a U2 concert… and it was awesome! I’m a huge fan of U2 so it was the best thing I’d ever seen. They sang all my favourite songs and the experience was such a high. I have a few U2 concert DVDs and one thing I love to watch is what happens behind the scenes… the setup and pack down, and how all the bits and pieces go together. It’s a huge production! It takes a massive team with everyone working towards the same goal. Nevertheless, without all the preparation they go through for every concert, people wouldn’t be able to come and see them and enjoy the experience. There is so much prep work that goes into things like that. Even for Joshua and the Israelites, they had to prepare for what was coming. They sent out spies to the land so they could assess the situation and accurately prepare themselves to move into the place God had called them - the Promised Land. It’s like that in our lives. We all need to make the proper preparations so that we can make the most out of all our experiences. How we set ourselves up will determine our experiences. What we put in, affects what we will get out of our lives. In this season it's really easy to just relax and take things as they come. It’s easy to become complacent and lazy because there seems to be less for us to do. This is the perfect season for preparation. It’s the perfect time to prepare ourselves, our families, our campuses and our communities for what God wants to do next in each of our lives. Use this rest season well by preparing your next steps. When this season ends, and it will, we don’t want to be those people who stumble into the next season. Rather, we want to launch into it so that we can get the most out of it. Life is often what we make it. How you set up will determine how you end up.