Why Preparation Always Precedes Purpose and We Cry But We Obey

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Today I’m sharing one of my old journal entries.

I completely forgot I wrote this and even second guessed that it was me. I tried figuring out if I copied it from somewhere, however that isn’t something I do in my journal. Quotes, yes, but I make note of it.

I thought maybe it wasn’t me because I don’t remember writing it. When the Holy Spirit gives revelation and insight on scripture, sometimes it’s as if I am whisked away elsewhere in that particular moment. Only when I write it down I’m able to go back and see how God spoke to me.


John 11:32-56

Jesus wept when Mary told Him Lazarus was dead because He was grieving for [them]. He is man and He is God. He had to obey the Father’s orders of being still and doing nothing because God wanted to do something greater. We experience the same. We desire to do something but God calls us to sit it out. We cry but we obey. We are sad but we trust His ways are better—BEST.

Jesus vocally thanks God for listening to Him. Not for Himself or because He didn’t trust God – but He did it for everyone else. For God’s glory. That everyone might see and know the One True God.

When Jesus withdrew to Ephraim Village and everyone began the Feast of Passover they wondered why Jesus wasn’t there—silent. God had greater in store. His arrest to the cross for our sins. Sometimes we are short sighted. [focused] On the now.

Also, He had to retreat to the desert so God could prepare Him for what was to come—dying on the cross. <3 Persecution. Preparation always precedes purpose.


Two things stood out to me while reading:

#1 – WE CRY BUT WE OBEY: When you love God, your reverence for Him brings you to a place of obedience. It isn’t to say it is always easy. In fact, it is often very hard. You go into it kicking and screaming but in the end come out of it praising. Whether it’s moving towns, breaking it off with a boyfriend or leaving a job, you know that what God requires is difficult yet uber rewarding. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter. (Psalm 30:5 MSG)

#2 – PREPARATION ALWAYS PRECEDES PURPOSE: Whatever God has in store for you, whichever your next direction is, it isn’t without training. Do you ever wonder why you are going through a certain circumstance? Even if it’s due to poor choices, God uses them for good. And when they aren’t due to poor choices, God is allowing you to go through a hard time as a form of preparation. Those hard times build you up, make you stronger, and prepare you for where God is taking you. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. (Romans 8:28 AMP)

Be encouraged.

Do you find it difficult to see the bigger picture? How do you manage strife in your life? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Thanks and God bless!

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