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Key Passage

  • He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has kept Me hidden; And He has made Me a sharpened arrow, In His quiver He has hidden Me. Isaiah 49:2 AMP


  • Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil. Psalm 90:15 NASB
  • You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but You brought us into abundancePsalm 66:12 BSB
  • “But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous]. Job 23:10 AMP

Examples of those who were prepared

1. Esther

  • Each young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months’ preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women. Esther 2:12 NKJV

2. Joseph

  • Yet [even after all that] the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot [all about] him. Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile. Genesis 40:23-41:1 AMP

See also

  • Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, The word of the LORD tested and refined him. Psalm 105:19 AMP

3. David

  • Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13 AMP
  • David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 2 Samuel 5:4 AMP