Last week, we talked about what we can tell people when they think we are crazy for prepping. We didn’t mention there is a large group of Christians, who agree we are nuts. They believe that God will take care of everything, so we don’t have to prepare for anything. So are preppers crazy or are we prudent for preparing for what’s ahead?
Besides God providing all our needs (with no input by us I might add), another very common thought in Christian circles is: “I expect things to get bad, but I’m a Christian. I believe we will be raptured before anything really awful happens.”
Our usual response is: First, how do you know when Jesus is coming? The Bible is clear, no one knows but God alone. Second, horrible things have happened throughout history and Jesus didn’t return then. What makes you so sure he will come now? I would love to believe we would be swept away when things get bad, but what if it’s not time yet? What if it is just really bad times and not the End Times? Are you ready for that?
To expand on that thought, I have heard people say: “God provided for the Israelites with manna. I’m sure he will take care of all our needs.”
Our answer: That Bible story is true, but what if they are looking at the wrong story of God’s help. What if Joseph’s story is what we should be thinking about. Sold into slavery in Egypt as a young man, Joseph endured years in a jail. Yet he found favor with the jailer. Many hardships and years later, the Pharaoh placed him in charge of preparing for a great famine. He was the ultimate Bible Prepper. What if Joseph is our example?
We believe God will help us. Just as he warned Pharaoh seven years of plenty would be followed by seven years of famine, we believe God is warning his people to get ready for some event that’s on the horizon. If it was just us who believe this, maybe I would think we might have misunderstood God. However, many people all over the world have received this warning. So for us, that is confirmation we have heard God, need to listen and do as he has told us.
So regardless of what others think or believe we urge you to prepare. Prepare your homes, gather your heirloom seeds, gardening tools, equipment, canning jars, lids and equipment, along with other needs that would make your life easier if you had to provide food for yourself and your family. Fill your pantry and keep it full. Learn how to can and preserve food. Learn how to generate electricity. Self-sufficiency is key, but we are not islands. Form a group in your area of like-minded people who you can work with to survive…people you can trade and share with.
In closing, whether people agree or disagree about the future, stay on the path. Prepare your heart and mind. Organize your home and do what needs to be done. Even if things don’t get bad for a long time, your life will be better, more fulfilling and you will be less dependent on government and grocery stores. It’s better to know we are ready for anything than be caught unaware and unprepared.