In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him’. - Matthew 3:1-3
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing door, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness. Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ - Matthew 3:11-17

The point of this passage is that God prepares long in advance for the things he has in store for this world, and he always sees those plans through.

This matters because it means that we follow a God of preparation. He does not start each day wondering what might happen, but instead, he begins each day with a plan of what he wishes to see accomplished in this world, to set it up for what he wants to accomplish in the days to come. And most of the time we are a central piece in that preparation and accomplishment process.

God has been preparing long in advance for your arrival on the scene of this world. You were not just some random chance occurrence, but God had been setting things up for your life long before you were born. However, this doesn't mean that we get to simply coast through life as if it were all pre-planned for us. As we see in verse 15, Jesus had to choose to walk according to God's plan and play an active role in accomplishing the plans of God. You are given the same role in accomplishing the plans God has for this world through you. We are called to daily live according to God's heart and will for us because it actually makes a difference. So I encourage you to take heart in the truth that God has been making the necessary preparations in this world for the things he wants to do through you, and is desiring your active participation to accomplish his plans. So I invite you to approach God with a willing heart to step into the things He is leading you towards.

God, we want to thank you for how much you prepare the way for us in life. Thank you that you don't leave us to wander about in confusion and doubt of where we are suppose to go and how to even get there in life. You give us direction and clarity of purpose, and lead us in a way that makes it easier to pursue your plans for us. You want us to thrive rather than just survive this world. Thank you that you give us the opportunity to play an active role in making your plans become a reality in this world. Help us to be faithful to choosing you plan and will for our life every single day. We want to thrive in the abundance you offer us by living within the purposes you have for us.

- Will Goodwin