In reading the book of Amos, my heart was quickened when I read the verse directed toward Israel instructing them to “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:12) As I read, my heart was struck with the question, “Am I preparing to meet my God?”. As I began to think about what that truly meant, two words that came to mind were, how and what. How do I prepare? What do I need to do to prepare?
Reading a little further in Amos, I found instructions from God’s Word that began the path of understanding the how and the what that would result in the preparation that must occur.
“For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye Me and ye shall live.” Amos 5:4
So, how do we seek Him?
“And ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
What do we do when we find Him?
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Once we have established our hearts in Him and through Him, believing in the work that Jesus Christ did on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, how do we continue our preparation?
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
We must give ourselves to Him, loving Him with all that is within us. Every aspect of our lives should be centered around Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
He has promised that if we commit ourselves to Him, seeking Him, believing in Him, loving Him, and trusting in Him; then He will direct our steps, showing us how to prepare to meet Him one day.
Through His Word we are given the steps we must follow to prepare to meet our God:
1. Seek ye Me (Amos 5:4)
2. Search for me with all thine heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
3. Believe with thine heart in the Lord Jesus (Romans 10:9)
4. Love the Lord thy God with all thine heart (Deuteronomy 6:5)
5. Trust in the Lord thy God with all thine heart (Proverbs 3:5)
Then, He will direct thy paths.
As we follow Him, He will continue to direct our steps, showing us what it is that we are to be doing to prepare to meet Him one day.
“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” II Thessalonians 3:5