On the shelves in my basement are 63 bottles of water, 75 pounds of whole wheat kernels, eleven 2-liter bottles filled with rice and dried beans, a few stacks of canned food, a stash of basic medical supplies, a solar powered radio/battery charger, and the supplies for homemade candles that will burn for weeks.
Ok, I admit it. I’m a ‘prepper.’
While I’m not ready to dig up the backyard to install an underground shelter, or have the trailer ready-packed to ‘bug out,’ I am convinced that it’s wise -and biblical- to be prepared for an unforeseen emergency. [see other posts: Planning vs. Trusting Part 1 & Part 2] So, on my regular trips to the store, I usually throw something in the cart that I intend to save for later. I realize that there are a lot of people who would consider my routine a little unbalanced or fearful and advise me to stop watching so many disaster movies, but with the way things are changing so rapidly these days, I just don’t think it’s a far-fetched idea to believe there could be a natural or man-made calamity that would cause us to be without power, water or other basic services for a period of time. I figure, if something does happen, the benefit of having a mini-storehouse to draw on will be well worth the effort.
…. and spiritually, I’d say the same thing
In this world you will have trouble… John 16:33
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds… James 1:2
The New Testament is full of warnings about the trials and difficulties that believers can expect to encounter. Some (like spiritual warfare) are specific to those who live out an uncompromising faith in Christ… Others come as a part of living in a fallen world and are common to everyone. But regardless of the source of our adversity, scripture advises us to be prepared for it. Despite these admonitions, a lot of believers anticipate endless sunny skies and consequently, are caught off guard by difficulty and have nothing but an ‘empty tank’ upon which to draw to sustain them.
My advice is to survive the inevitable dark times is to begin building a store-house right now.
I don’t mean to advocate following my grocery store routine. Instead I’m talking about making and effort to fill your life with spiritual supplies that will sustain you when disaster hits.
Has God been good to you today? Pack a container and label it ‘Abundant Blessing’
Did God grant your petition? Put another can of “Answered Prayer” on the shelf.
Do you have a promise from Scripture? Fill a cubby-hole with “God’s Word.”
Did you receive a timely call from a friend? Hang onto that recharger called “Encouragement.”
Did you make a mistake and find forgiveness? Stockpile your life with God’s inexhaustible grace and limitless mercy!
All these wonderful things and so many more are supplied abundantly to us through our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. It’s now up to us to learn how to draw on them and allow them to sustain us when the ‘lights’ begin to flicker.