Daily Devotional 5-25-20

Preparing to Meet God 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Then he said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in the form of a dark cloud, so that the people themselves can hear me when I talk with you, and then they will always believe you. Go down now and see that the people are ready for my visit. Sanctify them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothes. Exodus 19:10-12

What do baby gender-reveal parties, baby showers, Christmas shopping, and wedding rehearsals have in common? They are preparations. We shop for Christmas because that event means a lot to us. Churches hang greens and other decorations to set the atmosphere for the celebration. Prospective couples go through a lot of preparation for the special day in their life. Athletes prepare for months before they run in competitions. Today, people are making preparations for the future. Churches are preparing to reopen with specific practices in mind. 

The one who fails to prepare ahead prepares to fail.

The Israelites crossed the Red Sea and were finally free from the bondage. But, they had never met the God who had offered them freedom. So, God decided to––for the first time––meet His people. This was going to be a big event. The Israelites were going to have the privilege to meet their God. But, God would not just show up; therefore, He asked Moses to prepare Israel for the divine visitation. Specifically, God asked them to consecrate themselves and wash their clothes. Wow, God wasn’t going to entertain any dirty and unkept clothes in His presence.

This story has spiritual significance for us. We are about to celebrate Pentecost, the day when the Church was born by the coming of the Holy Spirit to the believers. The apostles and others had to prepare themselves in the upper room before the Holy Spirit came. Today’s Christian, likewise, is invited to prepare to meet God. Through introspection, the Spirit brings to the fore the things hidden that slow down our spiritual progress. He reveals the layers of sin in our lives so that we may repent and seek His forgiveness and healing. 

A call to prepare to meet God is a call to consecration.  

“God is light and in Him, there is no darkness at all,” (1 John 1:5b).  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). 

PRAYER: Help us consecrate ourselves as we relive the coming of the Holy Spirit into our lives. Amen!