Exodus 12:11 – And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. (AMP)
God gave very careful instructions to His people when they were about to leave Egypt, not only how to identify themselves as children of the living God by the blood of the lamb daubed over the door posts, but also what to wear and even what their posture was to be as they ate the Passover meal. They had to be fully dressed with their shoes on (remembering that shoes were often removed at the entrance of a home), and with staff in hand, ready for the long journey. In fact, they were eating their last meal in Egypt, literately standing at the ready to move.
As Christians, how do we stand at the ready? Are we aware of His presence, aware of the need, and ready for His command? Perhaps that small still voice which whispers "a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,'" (Isaiah 30:21a NKJV) has been blocked out by our own personal desires and plans. The urgent commands of the Commander-in-Chief, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, are lost in the magnitude of personal plans — the moment lost for His service — a moment which could change a life and enable a battle to be won for His kingdom.
In the church which I attend, I sit behind a very dear couple. When it comes time for us to hear the sermon, I settle myself very comfortably in the pew with its padded seat and back. The gentleman sitting in front of me does not. His back does not touch the back of the seat, as he sits upright and alert listening to every word the minister delivers. Somehow to me, this intense posture has become a symbol of the man's spiritual growth, for grown he has, since becoming a member of the church. He has become actively engaged in many areas of the ministry, with a ready "Amen!" on many occasions to the minister's words.
Are we standing at the ready?
Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, we pray that You would enable us to have a spiritual mindset to be standing at the ready, waiting on our Commander-in-Chief and Your Son Christ Jesus, not only to hear, but also to obey His commands in the world in which we live. May we indeed be soldiers of the cross. Amen.