The four thousand years from Adamâ€™s fall to Christâ€™s birth were full of Godâ€™s preparations to redeem us. His eternal purpose was brought about by His sovereign care over all of historyâ€™s details. His preparations all culminated in a small village. A child was born in something like a barn. This was the child who had been promised to Eve who would crush Satanâ€™s head. And God is still preparing; preparing a bride for the second advent of His Son.
In Proverbs, weâ€™re exhorted to cultivate the virtue of Preparation. Itâ€™s found there in a number of guises: diligence, prudence, readiness, planning ahead, providence. The slothful man is pictured as hastily living for the moment, resulting in a shamble of an existence. The diligent man, by contrast, is rewarded with wealth & largesse.
â€œA prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, & are punished (Pro 27:12).â€
â€œThe thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want (Pro 21:5).â€
â€œEvery purpose is established by counsel: & with good advice make war (Pro 20:18).â€
During Christmastime we all busy ourselves with preparation. We prepare gifts, food, decorations. After all, the presents donâ€™t wrap themselves, the turkey wonâ€™t cook itself, and the Christmas tree wonâ€™t chop itself down to ornament itself. We arrange schedules for the Christmas meal and gussy up for the Christmas Eve service. This month is brimming overâ€“â€“like your waistlines after a month of fudge, cheese, and egg nogâ€“â€“with preparations.
This season should remind us of how we ought to go about our entire life. Weâ€™re always preparing. Weâ€™re either preparing like the wise son of Proverbs, or like the lazy fool. Either like a Scrooge, Grinch, Couch Potato; or a diligent man, imitating the providence of God. One day you will give an account for your life. Will you be ready for that reckoning?