Should Christians prepare for hard times?
A Morefield Life
February 8th, 2013
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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 âquantitative easingâ threatening to eventually destroy the value of our currency, it doesnât take a rocket scientist or a dream from God to know that hard times are coming. The evidence is all around us!
Look, I canât tell you exactly how many, but weâre gonna need a LOT of buckets, mylar bags, and oxygen absorbers!
So this begs the question â should Christians take concrete steps to prepare for the hard times we all know are coming? So many Christians believe that âpreppingâ means a mindset of NOT trusting God, but in fact it is much the opposite.Â While we do trust in him to guide and protect, we are using our God-given wisdom to act wisely.Â If you asked most Christians if they have car, house, or life insurance, many if not all would quickly say, âyes.âÂ 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.Â We firmly believe that, indeed, Christians (and everybody else!) SHOULD prepare for whatâs coming, using every resource possible.
Here areÂ four key reasons why:
1.)Â God is sovereign, but we are responsibleÂ â 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 thatâs the case, you ask, whatâs the point of doing anything for ourselves?
Because God commands us to, thatâs why!
Jesus brought Lazarus from the grave, but commanded the people there to roll back the stone. Couldnât He have done it with a wave of His finger? Man is responsible. Couldnât God, instead of having Joseph and the people go through the trouble of âprepping,â have just made grain appear to feed the Israelites and Egyptians during the seven years of famine? Man is responsible. Couldnât 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.
I could do it, but you guys could use the excercise
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 pointâŠ
2.)Â God commands us to provide for our families firstÂ â Consider the words of Paul to Timothy:
âBut 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.âÂ Â 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 âhumanityâ 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 âequality.â Unfortunately, this philosophy has permeated not only our governments, but our churches as well. Â There is only one person who can love every person the same â God! Utopia only exists in one place â 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.)Â God commands us to give to othersÂ â 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 othersÂ in needÂ 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.)Â God gave us a brain and He expects us to use itÂ â If we are standing on trainÂ 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 itâs obvious that hard times are coming, it might be a good idea to do what we can to prepare for those hard times?
âA prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.âÂ Proverbs 22:3
All this leads to one of the main reasons we are writing about these issues in our blog â 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. Weâll 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, byÂ faith guided by prayer,Â to make the choice to be an ant instead of a grasshopper.
Itâs the Christian thing to do!
Be an ant, not a grasshopper!
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Contributed by Scott Morefield of A Morefield Life.
Scott’s articles have appeared on Natural News, Liberty Crier, Infowars, Wake-Up World, and many other sites, including A Morefield Life where he and his wife, Kim, share their marriage and parenting journey. He is the founder of the brand-new website The Ninny State, where he hopes to document and ridicule government ninnyisms from coast to coast.
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