Is Preparedness A Lack Of Faith
Over the last 16 years, The Homesteader and I have been pretty good about building our water and food storage. As our family grew from a family of 4 to a family of 9, our storage has increased and grown with our family size. We knew that in the event of a major disaster, our family would, at the very least be able to eat for a year.
Regardless, I still worried what we would do when our food supply ran out and the grocery store shelves still weren’t being stocked. I worried about medical supplies and naturally I worried if we would be able to protect our family and our supplies when people who had not been as prepared as us became desperate. That worry led us to up our game and become a little more prepared for the ugly side that inevitable will come with any major disaster that would rock our economy to its core.
Lately, I’ve been wondering what the Lord has to say about preparedness.
We are told in Matthew 6:31 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”
Based on this verse alone, I should be packing up all our supplies and sending them to the food pantry. But, Matthew 6:31 isn’t talking about preparedness here. We’re simply being told that we aren’t to be anxious, we aren’t to worry, we are to have faith that whatever the circumstance is, the Lord will get us through it.
That isn’t to say that we shouldn’t be storing up water, food, medical supplies and protection. We absolutely should be and the Bible even instructs us to do so.
If we go digging, we will find that the Bible tells us that without a shadow of a doubt, that preparedness is not a lack of faith. While doing my search for the Lord to show me what He says about preparedness, there were two verses that stuck out to me the most.
The first was found in the book of Matthew. Matthew is one of my favorite books of the Bible. In Chapter 24, Jesus is busy teaching His disciples about the coming Apocalypse. He tells us what the signs will be that the time is drawing near for His return. If you compare what is happening in our world today to Jesus’s warnings, we are living in the times Jesus was warning his disciples about.
Matthew 24:44 “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”
If you are walking by faith, you know that Jesus is coming again and one day He’s going to take this world, turn it on its head and make all things new. The time leading up to Jesus’s return, well, it’s not going to be pretty. If it was, there would be no reason for Him to come. We are going to face many difficulties that we’ve never lived through before and we need to be ready for those things, because we never know when they are going to happen.
The second verse was found in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs are instructions that we should live by, so it only made sense that I would find clear instruction from the Lord here.
Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer, no ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
There is no doubt in my mind that we should be preparing our hearts and our homes for the Lord’s return. By storing food, water, medical supplies and protection, we are directly walking in God’s instruction for our lives. We are doing exactly what the Bible tells us to do, therefore, we are walking by faith.
Noah was the first and probably the greatest Prepper to have ever lived. When the Lord spoke to him and instructed him to get that ark built, he moved on faith and did exactly what he was instructed to do. Moses didn’t question God and he surely didn’t care that people mocked him and called him crazy. He didn’t just build an ark, load up the animals and put his family on it and then sit and wait for the Lord to provide. He without a doubt stocked that ark with food, water and medicinal herbs.
Noah was the tin-foil hat wearing Prepper of Biblical times and it would be foolish of us not to follow his example. His faith in the Lord was unwavering and he did whatever he needed to do to keep his family safe.