We are so glad to publish a Bible study series on these pages under the category Religion. The series title “Ready for God” is written by Brother M Godly Daniel of Banglore Bethany Assembly. He is a Software Consultant and Bible Teacher.
These are the studies he conducted at different intervals in Christian Brethren Assemblies in India.
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Ready for God
“Who is the biggest fool?”
Such a question would no doubt leave us guessing in different directions.
The Lord Jesus gave a startling answer to that question in the parable of the rich man.
This man had prepared well for this life, but God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God [Luke 12:13-21].
Obviously, the biggest fool is the one whom God calls as a fool.
A careful reading of the parable shows that while the rich man was quite ready for this life, he was not ready for God.Who is the biggest fool? Check out from the new Bible study series by M Godly Daniel, Bangalore Click To Tweet
Billy Graham’s words before he died, is pertinent in this context, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it?
I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God. Heaven is my real home. I am just passing through this world.”
These are the words of a man who was “Ready for God”.
“What makes a person ready for God?”
The answer is fairly straightforward with regard to the unbeliever.
All he needs to do is to understand and acknowledge that he is a sinner.
He needs to believe that Jesus died on the cross for his sins. He needs to make Jesus the Lord and Saviour of his life. He will be saved, his name entered in the Book of Life and he will be ready for God. The destiny of all whose names are not found in the Book of Life is the Lake of Fire.
While the starting point to be ready for God begins at the cross, there are further important steps for the believer.
The Bible does not leave an earnest believer in doubt on these steps.
Each of these steps has a tremendous bearing on the life to come.
There are four steps that can be inferred from four milestone years in the life of King Josiah recorded in 2 Chronicles 34:1-8.
Each of these milestone years shows a readiness for a certain step in Josiah’s life.
The lives of men and women are recorded in the Scriptures so that we can take out principles from them and apply it to our lives:
- 8 years old – Ready to Learn [vs 1].
- 16 years old – Ready to Seek [vs 3]
- 20 years old – Ready for Correction [vs 3]
- 26 years old – Ready for Worship [vs 8]
Ready to Learn
The first milestone – 8 years[vs 1]
It is significant that Josiah was eight years old when he became king.
The people of the land made him king. It is reasonable to assume that the people were particular with regard to his spiritual qualifications rather than his experience in governance.
The record of Josiah’s life is a testimony to Josiah’s spiritual standing. Josiah was ready for God at the age of 8 years. Age is no barrier to be ready for God. What made him ready at such an early age? He was ready to learn.
Probing Josiah’s background reveals a most unfavorable legacy.
His grandfather Manasseh was a bad man for most of his life.
He was the longest reigning king of Judah and he reigned in Jerusalem for 55 years.
He had a change in his life in the later years but the damage he had inflicted on the nation would last for the next two generations.
Josiah’s father also took to the evil ways of Manasseh in his life. He reigned for a short time of two years. He was so bad, that his own officials assassinated him.
It would be logical to think that if a grandfather and father were bad, the son would turn out the same way. Yet Josiah turned out differently because he was ready to learn.
The question naturally arises, “Where did he learn how to walk in the ways of God?”
The only possible person who could have such an influence at this age would be his mother. Her name is given in 2 Kings 22: 1 – Jedidah, daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath.
There can be no doubt, that she was a godly woman. She taught him faithfully from the lives of Josiah’s forefathers.
She would have told him about his great ancestor David – how he walked with God and the promise God made to him. The indication of this is found in the phrase, “walked in the ways of his father David.”
She must have taught him from the life of Joshua as indicated by the phrase, “not turning to the right or left.” She made this boy ready for God.
A person, who is ready for God, is ready to be made the king. We often put the cart before the horse.
We want our children to be ready for this world and then think about them being ready for God.
Here is a fundamental principle; a person, who is ready for God, is ready for any other responsibility that may be placed on him.
This mother’s name is recorded in Scripture. It is on record so that we can read about her centuries later.
On the other side, we see a boy who was ready to learn. If he was not ready to learn, all the mother’s efforts would have been futile.
One of the greatest hindrances to learning is an unteachable spirit. In Psalm 32: 8, 9, God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.”
These two animals are so unpredictable, that even though they have been trained, a bit and a bridle are needed to control them. These two animals show two characteristics which make a person unteachable.
The horse shows the characteristic – “No Time To Learn”
A very vivid description of this characteristic is given in Job [39: 19-25] by God himself. It is a picture of impatience. It is snorting, pawing fiercely in frenzied excitement. It cannot stand still. It hears the blast of the trumpet and then charges off.
Very often in the many activities of our daily life, we are in such a state of mind.
In such a state we just cannot learn anything from God. We are urged, “Be still and know that I am God Psalm [46:10].
”All the distracting noises have to be first put away before we can hear God speaking.
It is interesting to see how God spoke to Elijah when he ran away from Jezebel [1 Kings 19:11].
First, there was a great and powerful wind – it tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks, but the Lord was not in the wind.
After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire came a gentle whisper. Everything had calmed down so that the gentle whisper could be heard. Then the voice of God came to Elijah.
The mule shows the characteristic – “No Mind To Learn
The other animal is the mule. It is known as a stubborn animal. An English simile is made from it – “as stubborn as a mule.” Stubbornness is a determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something.
The prophet describes the stubbornness of Israel in vivid language, “I know how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead bronze [Isaiah 48:4]”.
Stubbornness brings great sadness to the heart of God. The Lord Jesus wept over Jerusalem which symbolized the nation of Israel, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! [Matt 23:37].” Such an attitude also brings barrenness into our life. We lose out on many blessings the Lord wants to give us. The rebellious live in a sun-scorched land [Psalm 68:6].
God will teach us if we are ready to learn. The greatest Teacher is our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He is the best Person from whom we can learn all that is needed to live a life pleasing to God.
He made the grand invitation, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls [Matthew 11:28,29].”
The characteristic of one who has learned under the yoke of the Lord Jesus is one who is like his Master – gentle and humble in heart. May the Lord grant to us the willingness to take the step – “Ready to Learn”
~ To be continued