Prepare The Way of/for The Lord
by Dr. Wm. J. Hurst

Prepare Ye The Way of/for The Lord

Isa 40:3 The voice of Him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare Ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway to our God.

We are living in momentous days. God is getting ready to unveil the grand finale of the ages. God has been dealing with me concerning what I need to do to get ready. Because I personally am a Temple of the Holy Ghost, there are principles of preparation throughout the Word that apply both to me as an individual, and to the local Body of Christ, as well as the Body of Christ at large. I want us to look at these from the scriptural point of what God says must be prepared in order for there to be a visitation of His Spirt.

The first preparation prophesied in scripture that applies is found in:

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

The context is the worship service lead by Miriam on the banks of the Red Sea, after Pharaoh and the Egyptian army had been buried in the waters as God returned the Red Sea to its normal level.

Notice the prophetic declaration of Miriam, which came to pass at Mt. Sinia. I will prepare him an habitation...”

God wants us to prepare a habitation for Him. First and foremost He wants us to allow Him to build in our personal lives, a place for Him. This will not look the same for everyone. Some will prepare it by praise and worship. Others will prepare by spending time in the Word. Still others will prepare a place for Him in their lives by spending time in His presence in prayer. Then there are those who will prepare by a combination of all of the above. One is not more spiritual than the other, it rests on what God’s calling for your life and ministry is.

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

God had an angel to lead them into the place that He had prepared for them. This angel was charged with bringing them to a prepared place. God had prepared the place, but it took 40 years to prepare the people for the place.

Both things are essential for us to realize. God has prepared a place for you, from before the foundation of the World. Yet, there is a preparation that must go on in me, that I must yield to and there are things that I must do to prepare.

Joshua and Caleb were prepared in 18 months. If we had time to go into that teaching, we would find that the dealings they went through, represented by the names of the places they camped, are all that was essential to experience in God, before we come to the spiritual land that God has prepared for us.

There is a time of preparation that is important for us to see, but it may not include a number of the things we think are necessary. What Joshua and Caleb went through is representative of the quick work that Paul wrote of in Romans.

Romans 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Acts 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

In each of these scriptures, their full frame of reference is to the quick work Romans speaks of. God wants a people to prepare for the final work that this references. There are a number of scriptures that speak to this preparation.

Joshua 1:11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Because we are entering into days when God says it is time to enter into what Jesus purchased for us on the cross, our inheritance, we are living in the spiritual parallel to the above situation.

This means that there must be a preparing of spiritual food that will last longer than what we would normally gather. When manna was first instituted, they were told to only gather enough for 1 day at a time, unless it was the day before the Sabbath at which time they had permission to gather twice as much. Anything they gather over and above what was needed rotted. Here God says, gather enough for three days, a longer period than they were given permission to gather before. It seems to go against all former instructions than the Lord had given. One thing the instructions indicated is that they would be too busy getting ready to go into the land, to have time to gather manna.

Another thing the instructions indicated was that it would be three days before they were able to eat the fruit of the new land. This was the last “manna drop” we read of in the Word. That which had sustained them in their wilderness experience, would not be used to sustain them as they pushed into their inheritance. Their diet was about to change. There is much that could be said about this alone, but we have not the time to expand on the truth contained here.

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

In the above passages we find one of the most important preparations mentioned in the Word of God, the preparation of the heart. We also see that there is the preparation of the individual and the preparation of the corporate.

There are certain dealings and workings of God, that, when yielded to, prepare a heart to seek the Lord. There are a number of components that bring us to the place where our hearts can be prepared. Remember that God presents the opportunity, and by my choice I yield to that dealing. My attitude of my response is as important as the right response. If my attitude in the response is wrong, even though I “do the right thing” in response, the response is not counted as a building block in what God is building in my life, it might even do damage.

We can ask God to lead us in the preparation of our heart “to seek the Lord” as Ezra did. It was the preparation of the heart that Ezra did, that qualified him to be the teacher whom God would use to oversee the rebuilding of the Temple in the days of restoration.

It is important to see that the restoration of the Temple was essential before the rebuilding of the city. The Temple represented the revelation of God being restored. Only then could the gates of praise and the walls of salvation be restored.

In the example of preparation we use from David we find a perfect heart toward the Lord, but not yet perfect actions. Because of his perfect heart, we need to consider his attitude in the midst of what was going on in his life.

1 Chronicles 22:14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

1 Chronicles 29:2-3 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,

David went through much trouble in his life. Some of that trouble was not deserved, other troubles were the result of lack of wisdom or obedience on certain matters. No matter what the source of the trouble, his own disregard for the instructions of God, from either the Law or the prophets, or from trouble because he obeyed God, David used it to prepare for the house of God.

Each situation he came through, he gained from it something valuable. With the valuables that he gained, he set aside something from it to build the house of God.

Today, you and I go through troubles. We can either bemoan our plight, or prepare the valuables we come out of the situation with, so that they can build the Body of Christ, preparing them for the next phase or level of God’s plan.

We can ask God to reveal to us, in the struggles and situations we go through, what is valuable, in lessons, in wisdom, in anointing, in character, that He wants us to use in the building of His Body. We need to have this attitude as we go through the troubles and struggles of life. How can I prepare, in my trouble, for that which will build what God is doing in me, and in the local fellowship, group, or church I am called to walk in.

I preparation to close, I want to share three more passages.

Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

These two call for us to prepare the way for the people by allowing God to work in our life to show us that which will stumble others.

The Apostle Paul spoke to the right attitude, using physical weakness of others for illustrations. He said there were some who would be stumbled if Paul ate meat in their presence. There was nothing wrong with eating meat as far as Paul was concerned, but if he was in the midst of vegetarians, then because he did not want to stumble them, he would not eat meat. This shows an attitude of consideration that would be willing to cast that which would stumble his brother, out of the way, so the brother could walk further in God. I know there are those who might try to take this too far, but it is the display of an attitude that is important here, an attitude that would rather be deprived themselves than stumble another brother, who was not strong in certain areas.

This attitude is a standard for the people of God, that should always be subject to the leading of the Spirit of God, but needs to be attained, so fewer are stumbled by our actions.

In closing, let me take you to Isa. 54.

Isaiah 54:1-3  Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Although there is much teaching that could be done from this passage, I want to declare some things to you concerning God’s heart for this group and those whom He will associate with you.

The essence of this is preparation. Preparation before any evidence of visitation. A number of years ago, God gave me a prophetic axiom that has remained in my heart and mind from this passage.

According to your preparation, will be your visitation.

The challenge of God today, is

How much will you prepare?

Spare no expense,
Spare no energy
Spare no material
Spare no personal investment.

We are in the days of preparation. How will you prepare?

Will you prepare your Him a habitation
Will you prepare your spiritual food
Will you prepare your heart?
Will you prepare your attitude
Will you enlarge the place in God you are at, in order that God may give you and enlarged visitation?