I’ve been surprised by how many people have emailed me asking how to handle a spouse or loved one who is of the mindset that Christians, or believers in general, shouldn’t be preppers (those who are preparing for harder times ahead). That somehow prepping implies a lack of faith. Unfortunately, it seems there are many people who think this way.
I’ve been contemplating this idea a lot lately, and feel the need to share why I truly believe that Christians especially ought to be the ones getting prepared for harder times. I find it naive, and even foolish to think that just because we know the Father who is in control that somehow we will be spared from suffering.
Believers, have you not read the Scriptures themselves? Do you not know the character of our God?
Yes, He is a loving Father. But does this mean that we are immune to bad things happening to us? Did Job not prove that even the most faithful children of God can endure incredible suffering? And yet there are those who believe that their faith alone will protect them from harm.
Yes, He promises to provide for His Children. But, that doesn’t mean that we can sit back and be complacent, and expect Him to give us all that we need. On the contrary! How many times in Scripture does the Lord warn us about being lazy?
2 Thessalonians 3:10- For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Proverbs 6:6 –11 (NLT)- Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
He never says, “Don’t worry my children. Sit back and relax and I’ll take care of everything.” Actually, He instructs us to be diligent and hard working, and then we will reap the benefits of our labor. His provision comes as a blessing to our obedience, not simply for our faith alone. He even goes so far as to call the unprepared fools, sluggards, and worse than unbelievers!
1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)- If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. – Proverbs 21:20
The Lord has warned us of coming hardships, of famines and natural disasters, of wars and plagues. He has shown us, His faithful ones, these things, in order that we might work at being prepared for them. He never says we will be spared suffering (though He will protect us from the fullness of His wrath). He tells us what is to come so that we will not be caught off-guard.
In Matthew 25 we read the parable of the ten virgins (if you aren’t familiar with the story, look it up and read it!). Five of these ladies were wise, and five were foolish. The wise virgins brought along oil for their lamps, preparing for the possibility of a darker time ahead. They did not know that the bridegroom would be late in coming, but they were prepared for “worst case scenario” just in case.
The foolish virgins did not bring oil for their lamps, and so were caught unprepared when the bridegroom did arrive late in the night. They begged for extra oil from the wise virgins, but the wise refused, knowing that they did not have enough for themselves and the others. So, the foolish had to go off in search of more oil and as a result missed the blessing.
Now, I realize this parable is speaking of a Spiritual preparedness; of being ready for the Lord’s return. But I find it interesting that Scripture refers to those who were unprepared as fools. Notice again that they were not praised for having faith that all would work out fine. Instead, they were left to suffer the consequences of their unpreparedness.
Friends, wake up and look around. Trying times are ahead. He has given us these warnings… why do we pretend they are not coming to fruition? Why do we prefer to turn a blind eye and disregard the signs around us? How can we say it is foolish to choose to prepare for these times while we are still able? How can we call ourselves wise and not be prepared with oil for our own lamps?
Just like the virgins waiting for the bridegroom, we know something is coming, we just don’t know exactly when. And we’d be wise to be prepared for worst case scenario.
Over and over in the Bible we read stories of the Lord giving a warning to His people to start getting prepared for a coming disaster.
He was faithful to tell Noah that a flood was coming, wasn’t He. What He didn’t tell Noah was not to worry about it ’cause He would magically send an ark for him. No! Noah worked on that thing hard, for years and years. He stored up enough food to feed his family and the animals. He didn’t say to himself, “Oh, the Lord loves me. I don’t have to worry about these things. He’ll provide.” Instead, because of His obedience to the warnings of the Lord, and his diligence in being prepared, He and his family were saved.
What do you think would have happened to Noah had he sat back and procrastinated, or decided he wasn’t going to worry about it? Though I dare not pretend to know the thoughts of God, I have a feeling he would have perished with the rest.
In Genesis 41 we read about God warning Joseph of seven years of drought ahead. Again, He does not tell Joseph, “But don’t worry…” Instead, again, He tells him to store up as much food as he can. And because Joseph was obedient and diligent, he was able to save his people, his family, and many outsiders as well.
In Exodus 12, during the night of Passover, God warned the Israelites how to be prepared for the angel of death which was coming to kill all of the first-born. Those who heeded His warning by painting the blood of a lamb on their door were spared great loss. He also told them to make preparations that night to leave in haste, by eating the Passover meal, getting dressed, having their shoes on their feet and staff in their hand, and to be ready to escape their slavery to the Egyptians at a moments notice. Those who were wise enough to obey these warnings, and be prepared, were saved.
Throughout Scripture God has shown us that when He gives us a clear warning of things to come, He expects us to act upon these warnings and get prepared. Never does He warn us so that we can sit idly by and do nothing.
So what exactly does He warn us to be prepared for?
Scriptures prophesy of wars, famines and diseases, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, planetary disasters, etc. becoming increasingly prevalent in the end times.
How can we be prepared for this?
First of all, we must have our Spiritual lives in order. I’m not talking about going to church every Sunday, praying before each meal, and doing a little Bible study every now and then. I’m talking about delving into the Word of God, devoting your life to obeying His commands, and developing a true relationship with Yahweh himself.
Next, prepare your household to be able to withstand famine, droughts, natural disasters and disease, and the effects of war, to the best of your ability. We cannot possibly prepare for everything, but we can do our best to be ready for what the Lord has clearly told us is ahead.
We might not know when these things will happen, or to what extent they will occur, but we are fools if we do not heed the Lord’s warnings as did Noah, Joseph, the Israelites, and other brothers before us.
- Store up food in the good years. Do it while you can, and as much as you can. No excuses.
- Plan an escape strategy, or a safe place to go to, in case of natural disasters.
- Prepare to live without electricity. Our enemies now hold the technology to shut down our entire power grid in a matter of seconds. One act of war against our electronic infrastructure would cripple our nation.
- Start eating healthier, making healthier lifestyle choices so as to better fight off diseases. Learn herbal remedies and basic first aid and depend less upon the pharmaceutical industry.
Please know, I am not here to fearmonger. I am simply stating truths from our very own Scriptures. These things are to come, they will happen, and we must do what we can to heed the warnings the Lord has provided us, so that we may help not only our own families and loves ones, but so that we can help others in need through these hard times as well.
So yes! Christians, believers in the Messiah Yeshua, followers of Yahweh, Scriptures are unarguably clear that we are to be prepared for what is to come to the best of our ability. And to trust that the Lord will take care of us beyond that which we have been warned of.
So stop making excuses, sisters and brothers. The Lord has spoken to you. What will you do with His warnings?
I’ll leave you with one more verse to consider…
Proverbs 27:12-“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
Now is the time to start building your ark and putting back supplies to ride out the storm. Please don’t be caught unprepared.