Saturday, March 5, 2011

Can someone be into “preparedness” and still be a true Christian?

**Here is an article I posted awhile back on a previous blog.  Enjoy!

I have heard all sorts of opinions on this, and not all of them in a nice way! LOL

I think a lot has to do with a person’s personal perception of what “preparedness” means.  Do you automatically think of someone that builds a bunker and stocks it full of food and ammo to last 10 years?  Or do you think of someone that wants to make sure that if they (or their spouse) loses their job….food would be low on the list of worries, at least for awhile?

Here is my version of “preparedness”….  I want to at some point have a 12 month supply of food on hand.  If I end up with more…. great, but if I only end up with a 6 month supply, I will be happy with that also.

I know there will be some out there that feel that I am not “truly” trusting in God by wanting to have this type of food supply!  I can say with complete sincerity that that is FALSE!

Do I feel that having these stored items will carry my family through Armegeddon on our their own merit?  Of course not, only Jehovah will protect his people during the last days! ‘And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” ‘(Revelations 7:10) Only through faith and loyalty can we endure to the end. “And YOU will be objects of hatred by all people on account of my name; but he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

Okay…now that we have that out of the way…. I would like to share some of the scriptures that I feel show that we should also take some responsibility in being prepared for whatever “unforeseen occurrence” befall us. (Eccl. 9:11)

One of my favorite scriptures about preparing is found in Proverbs.  Specifically Proverbs 6:6-8:  “Go to the ant, you lazy one; see its ways and become wise. 7 Although it has no commander, officer or ruler, 8 it prepares its food even in the summer; it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest.”

Here we are told to look how the ant, the lowly insect and to learn from it!  I know everyone reading has heard the parable of the grasshopper and the ant….so seeing the Holy Scriptures using the ant as an example for us to follow should not be surprising!

If the ant knows by instinct to store up food for the winter, then we, as humans, should also store up food for lean times!

Also…. Remember the dreams that pharaoh had about the wheat and the cows?  God gave forewarning that there would be a 7 year drought….and to store up food to last for that time period! (Gen. 41:29-36)  Hey, I only want a 12-month supply!  I cannot even imagine a 7 year one! LOL

In summary, I have no problems with people following their beliefs, but please do not question my faith or beliefs because I choose to put away food items and try to learn ways to “live off the land” in case that situation ever comes about.  I have a feeling that when the time comes, knowing that I can feed my family will be one less thing to stress over!  (I KNOW there will be plenty of other things to stress over!)

Thoughts?  Comments?

1 comment:

  1. I was going to bring up Joseph storing grain for the drought LOL. There is nothing unbiblical about storing up stuff for as long as you want to. God had Joseph put up grain enough for 7 years. Do people expect God to just hand them everything when times are lean? If the ants don't put enough up for winter then they starve. If we are not wise with our blessings and ability then expect God to just pull us out of a mess then we are being foolish. Those who are driven to build bunkers and store 10 years of food and ammo, who is to say that they will not be like Joseph and be able to help others in hard times?
    Just some of my thoughts LOL. When we lost our house and hit serious financial hard times my pantry is the only thing that stood between us and starvation. And praise the Lord that we had that!