3 Signs God Is Saying, “You’re Almost Ready”

1 Peter 5:10

When will you be ready for the blessing you’ve been asking God for? Whether it be marriage, a new job, or some other desire you have, when will it happen?

Here are 3 signs God is saying, “You’re almost ready.”

1. If You’re Coming to that Place in Your Heart Where You Are Willing to Follow God Even If He Never Gives You that Desire, This Means You Are Almost Ready to Receive It

Throughout Scripture, there is an ongoing principle that to live you must die, to receive you must give away, and to have you need to first not have:

  • Luke 17:33, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”
  • Matthew 19:29-30, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
  • Matthew 5:3-4, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

When you’re willing to follow God even if he never gives you a spouse, then you’re ready to receive a spouse. When you’re willing to honor the Lord at the job you hate, then you are ready to receive a new job. When you are willing to follow God in pain, then you will be prepared to enjoy pleasure without idolizing it.

When you’re ready to follow God without this thing you want, then you are that much closer to being ready to receive it.

2. If You’ve Been Faithful in the Steps God Is Making You Take that Will Lead to This Desire Being Fulfilled, This Means You Are Almost Ready to Receive It

Rarely will God just give you the gift you desire, like a piece of mail arriving in your mailbox. Rather, God will usually show you what steps to take so you can receive the blessing you are asking him for. Even when people asked Jesus for a physical miracle, he usually told them to do something so they could participate in the process of receiving it:

  • John 9:6-7, “Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.’”
  • John 2:7 (Before he turned the water into wine) “Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ . . .”
  • Matthew 17:27 (NIV), “. . . go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

If you want to be married one day, God will probably send you a on journey in singleness meant to prepare you for that marriage. If you want to lead, God will prepare you through teaching you how to serve. Whatever you desire, God will require you to be faithful with the little before he will entrust you with much:

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12).

3. If You Feel Like You Are Being Pushed Past Your Breaking Point, Usually This Means You Are About to Receive What You Want

So often, the relief comes right after we push through the temptation to give up. The light at the end of the tunnel only appears after you walk through that dark tunnel for longer than you wanted to walk. When you come to the end of yourself, that’s when you realize your true life is just beginning:

  • 2 Corinthians 1:9, “Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

If you feel like you can’t take it anymore, push forward just a little more. Every time you think you can’t do it, turn to the Lord, and you will be that much closer. You might feel like you’re at your breaking point. In truth, through the obedience you are learning, God is simply preparing you for your blessing (Hebrews 5:7-9).