Prepare Extensively for What God has in Store
2 Kings 4:6 it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.
Your success will not exceed the level of your preparation. The scripture that best reveals this profound truth is 2 Kings 4:6. The widow came to Elisha because the creditors that her late husband left behind had come to take her two sons as slaves. She reported the matter to Elisha and told him that all she had in her house was a little oil. Elisha instructed her to borrow as many vessels as she could from her neighbors and pour the little oil in the vessels she borrowed until they were all full. What is most important to note in the scripture is that the oil only stopped flowing when she ran out of vessels. Her success was equivalent to the level of her preparation; if she had twice the number of vessels, her success would have doubled. Do not limit yourself by inadequate preparation. Uncommon success will require uncommon preparation.
There are three (3) components of preparing extensively for what God has in store. The first is to gather information. Prior to attempting to possess the Promised land, Moses sent out 12 men to spy out the land for 40 days. Being informed is a necessary part of effective planning.
The second component is to prepare well in advance. Proverbs 30:25 tells us that “the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer. What the scriptures show us is that, despite their little strength, the ants overcame the harsh winter conditions by preparing food in the summer or approximately six (6) months ahead of time. Through advance preparation we can create greater levels of success and overcome the challenges that we may encounter.
The third component of extensive preparation is to prepare abundantly. Although it was Solomon’s responsibility to build the temple of the Lord when he became King, the scripture tells us in 1 Chronicles 22:3-4 that David prepared iron, brass and cedar trees in abundance, prior to his death. David was setting the stage for the success of his son by ensuring adequate preparation. Magnify your success with abundant preparation.
Life Application: Prepare extensively for what God has in store by gathering all relevant information and writing down your vision of what you intend to accomplish with a list of accompanying action steps. In addition, create a to do list for the next day and the month ahead at least two weeks in advance.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the examples you have given in your word and through even the ants. Help me to implement these principles in order to yield the same success. Thank you for all that you have released. In Jesus’ name, amen.