Many years ago God gave Pharaoh a dream, interpreted by Joseph, about 7 coming years of famine. Because of this dream and its correct interpretation, Joseph was able to help Pharaoh use the present years of plenty to store food in order to prepare for the future years of hardship, thus saving countless lives. Today, from pandemics and natural disasters to wars, EMP threats, food shortages and price increases, the national debt and the constant Fed ‘quantitative easing’ threatening to eventually destroy the value of our currency, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a dream from God to know that hard times are coming. The evidence is all around us!
So this begs the question – should Christians take concrete steps to prepare for the hard times we all know are coming? So many Christians believe that ‘prepping’ means a mindset of NOT trusting God, but in fact it is much the opposite. While we do trust in him to guide and protect, we are using our God-given wisdom to act wisely. If you asked most Christians if they have car, house, or life insurance, many if not all would quickly say, ‘yes.’ This is not a lack of faith, rather it is being wise stewards of what we have been endowed. Being less dependent on commercial industry is much the same. We firmly believe that, indeed, Christians (and everybody else!) SHOULD prepare for what’s coming, using every resource possible.
Here are four key reasons why:
1.) God is sovereign, but we are responsible – Orthodox Christians believe in the sovereignty of God. He can and He will accomplish whatever He chooses to accomplish, in His time. He has control not only over the mighty universe and all the planets, stars, and galaxies therein, but also over every detail of our lives, even to the hairs on our head. OK if that’s the case, you ask, what’s the point of doing anything for ourselves?
Because God commands us to, that’s why!
Jesus brought Lazarus from the grave, but commanded the people there to roll back the stone. Couldn’t He have done it with a wave of His finger? Man is responsible. Couldn’t God, instead of having Joseph and the people go through the trouble of ‘prepping,’ have just made grain appear to feed the Israelites and Egyptians during the seven years of famine? Man is responsible. Couldn’t God, instead of having Noah build an ark and load it with provisions and animals, have just miraculously lifted the lives He wanted to spare to a cloud for a while? Man is responsible.
We are responsible to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our God to make wise decisions regarding the blessings He has bestowed upon us. And that leads to the second point…
2.) God commands us to provide for our families first – Consider the words of Paul to Timothy:
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
Is it a selfish act to put back provisions for ourselves and our families, knowing that when hard times come there will be others left out? Are we responsible for the entire world the same as for our own family? No, and a resounding no! This is the kind of thinking that has led to some of the most oppressive, murderous ideologies known to mankind. The collectivist mindset, the notion that everyone, that all of ‘humanity’ should be just as important to us as those immediately surrounding us (family, friends, church, culture, nation, etc.), is a central tenet of Marxism. While it may sound good in theory, it is an evil philosophy that oppresses EVERYONE in the name of ‘equality.’ Unfortunately, this philosophy has permeated not only our governments, but our churches as well. There is only one person who can love every person the same – God! Utopia only exists in one place – heaven! If every individual would take RESPONSIBILITY for their own immediate spheres of influence, starting with their own families, the world would be a better place.
3.) God commands us to give to others – The opposite of point two? Not at all! If we are able, are we responsible to help others? Absolutely! We should prepare with the full understanding that, if times get hard, we WILL be giving a portion of our stores away to others in need who cross our path (and who the Lord lays it on our hearts to help). But if we have nothing stored away, how can we feed ourselves, much less help anyone else in need?
4.) God gave us a brain and He expects us to use it – If we are standing on train tracks and a train is coming, common sense tells us to move off the tracks. Common sense tells us to move to the side of the road when there is oncoming traffic. Common sense tells us to back away from the edge of a cliff. Does not common sense tell us that, if it’s obvious that hard times are coming, it might be a good idea to do what we can to prepare for those hard times?
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3
All this leads to one of the main reasons we are writing about these issues in our blog – to encourage others to prepare! The more people who take even rudimentary steps to prepare for hard times, the better off we will ALL be when hard times inevitably come. We’ll all be at different levels, and when the time comes it may or may not be enough, but as you make your purchasing decisions in the coming months, we encourage you, by faith guided by prayer, to make the choice to be an ant instead of a grasshopper.
It’s the Christian thing to do!
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