“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” 2 Timothy 3:1
” . . . And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matthew 24:6-8
Now, I am not currently a “prepper.” But I have some thoughts on the issue. The media has kind of painted the picture that someone who is prepared to take care of themselves if disaster strikes is kind of crazy. These individuals have been tied to absurd fears–like the Mayan Calendar and the Zombie Apocalypse.
We do have a family at our church that has a spare room in their house, filled with shelves of food, first aid supplies, and survival gear just in case there is a natural disaster. But the general consensus of the church members is that this family is not trusting God, carried away by fear. I would just assume that they have less fear than the rest of us–since they are actually more likely to survive an emergency in comfort. They are actually very normal, happy, and level headed people.
A few of my friends have said, “I think that if you stockpile food and prep, it means you are not trusting God to help you.” Another said, “Yeah, my family always taught us to not worry about all that. It probably won’t happen, and if it does you just need to trust God to provide.” Someone else agreed and said, “God gave his people manna in the wilderness. He can do that again if we need it.”
I said, “Wait, you are saying that if FEMA doesn’t help us, you think that God will send you literal manna from heaven?” Just teasing a bit. They opened their eyes and said, “Well, HE CAN!” And yes; I guess He can, but it isn’t likely. They continued, “He can send help from other people that have food and supplies.” I paused for effect and then said, “OH! You mean a prepper?!?!”
Hahaha. It was funny to me, that they didn’t want to be the one of “little faith” that prepares for disaster themselves. But they do want to enjoy the bounty of the “faithless” when disaster strikes! It just seemed ironic to me.
CHRISTIAN PREPPING–Faith in Miracles vs. Faith in the Word of God
On one hand, you have the Christians who believe that God will demonstrate miracles to provide from them in disaster–I agree. I think God always does this to some extent and it is good. But bad things still happen to good people.
On the other hand, you have Christians who believe that the Bible says that things will get worse and worse as we get closer to the end. They are not technically doomsday preppers, they are more like “birthpang” preppers. I also think this is good, essential.
My opinion is that these are not mutually exclusive. I think though that we should do both. Prepare the best we can for any disaster, and trust God to take care of us miraculously.
I was reading an old novel with my children the other day. I noticed that just in the last hundred years, we have gone from everyone being a prepper to some extent, to everyone shopping at the grocery store and only buying food to last for a few weeks. In this novel, we see a family, growing their own food. Farming. Taking care of their animals. Storing up food to last them and their animals for the whole winter. Growing food. Saving food. Planning. If they didn’t they would die over the winter. You had to plan for the year.
And we don’t think like that. Most of us don’t know how. I don’t know how.
JOSEPH AND THE GREAT FAMINE
One night in Egypt, thousands of years ago, a Pharaoh had a dream from the Lord. And the Lord brought His favorite dream interpreter Joseph to help give the Pharaoh understanding.
Perilous times were coming. A famine was coming. But they had time to prepare. 7 years. They stored grain in FAITH.
“Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” Genesis 41:49
And when the famine came, the preppers saved the nation. The preppers were also able to save their neighbors, helping others. The preppers were able to save the sons of Jacob who traveled from afar to buy grain. The preppers saved God’s people.
If prepping is wrong why does God send us warnings to prepare?
Why have we lost so much of our own responsibility, that we prefer to be dependent on government relief? What if relief doesn’t come in time? What if we can’t just call 911? What if we were already told in the Bible that these things were coming, but we didn’t listen? What if our children suffer more than they would have, if we just had some things on hand?
This week, in FAITH not fear, I am going to begin to think about ways we can be more prepared for an emergency situation. I am not going to go crazy and build a bomb shelter and live in fear. I am going to make sure that we have extra food, water, and first aid supplies.
Hopefully, if something terrible ever happens, we will be able to be like Joseph and share some MANNA with God’s people.