Matthew 3:2-3,6 Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!
In the desert prepare the way of The LORD! Make straight paths for him!
Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River
A failure to plan is a plan to fail. If we want G-d to act in our lives, if we want to have a relationship with Him, we need to put in the work to make it happen. Like I mention earlier when pondering Joshua 3, Man is meant to partner with G-d. On the face of it, it seems silly that Man would HAVE to make straight paths for G-d and prepare the way for Him. G-d who spoke the Universe into existence, who split the sea, who defeated the Greeks and won back the Temple. That G-d needs Man to make a path for him to… walk or float over? G-d needs people to make themselves straight, to prepare themselves so that he may dwell in the desert of our hearts and fill us with life.
It has been said that coincidence is not a kosher word. I have decided to work through the books of Joshua and Matthew simultaneously, as I go on a two year mission to read through and meditate on the entire Bible. The messages coming from these texts do far are all about making having courage and strengthening oneself to accomplish a mission. There has been advice to take time and to prepare in order that G-d may act. I pray that this is a sign for me personally that in taking on this mission, along with my wife and children, the result will be that we arrive in and conquer our own promised land. I know that will only happen with G-d’s help.
This is not meant to be dismissive of the process or of G-d’s mercy, but it looks like there is a recipe for success being laid out here:
-Know G-d and seek to serve Him
-Consecrate and cleanse ourselves
-Confess our sins and ask for forgiveness
-Make ourselves open to receive G-d’s presence
-Work towards the goal
-If we fail and sin and stray from the path, repent and get back on the path