Be Prepared

A quote that is often attributed to Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman philosopher who lived during the time of Jesus, goes like this: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Now, it's debatable whether Seneca ever really said this, since the attribution to him began in the 1990's, but it's a really good quote nevertheless. I've always said I don't believe in luck, but if this is the definition of it, I guess I could agree. I realize that life isn't always fair and that we have a great controversy raging around us with unseen forces causing things to happen that are out of our control. But I also believe that what a lot of people contribute to "bad luck" or the devil could more easily be explained by poor preparation. As a pilot, I understand the need for a back up to the back up to the back up to the back up. When I'm several thousand feet in the air and I lose the vacuum pump that runs my instruments, I like to know that I have an instrument to replace it that runs off of electricity. Should the electricity then go out, I'm thankful that the instrument also has an internal battery. If all of those should fail, I have an iPad and also an iPhone that can give me the information I need to know as a last resort.

I have met some people who believe that planning shows a lack of faith. They believe that God can protect them and that we should attempt the impossible to show our trust in Him. They fly airplanes that are improperly maintained, they sign contracts and purchase property with no idea how they will fulfill their commitments. Yes, I stand in amazement as I think about the giants of faith such as George Mueller, who fed an entire orphanage on prayer. But I believe that God makes up for what we cannot do, not for what we choose not to do. When the devil had taken Jesus up to the pinnacle of the temple, he commanded Him to jump, for don't the scriptures promise that God will send His angels to protect Him? Instead of exercising His faith, Jesus looked Satan in the eye and said, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God’” (Matthew 4:7). God honors faith, not necessarily presumption. Have you spent time in preparation for the call God has on your life?