October 31, 2014

Scripture Related To Preparedness

In “Is Preparedness a Sin?” I have shared my opinion on questions that my wife and I, as well as some readers have come up with. I have also shared the answers that I have discerned after much thought, prayer and discussion.

Now though, we move into the scriptures that are related to preparedness. I’ll list the scripture and my interpretation of it, but it is what you think that matters. If you’re unsure about whether or not God wants you to prepare, read this section over and pray about it. Don’t just blindly take my word for it.

 

Genesis 6:21 (NIV)

“You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”

God has just tasked Noah with building an arc big enough to fit two of every animal. Not only does Noah need to get the supplies to build the arc and then build it. He also has to get enough food for all of the animals and for his family.

This was a huge task in and of itself. Noah couldn’t run to Costco and buy a few bags of rice and some canned beans. He couldn’t order some freeze dried food from the net. He and his family had to grow, hunt, harvest and store all of this food.

Surly an all-powerful God could have just filled the arc with manna once it was built, but he specifically told Noah to plan ahead.

 

Genesis 41:1-32 (NIV)

…” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”…

The above is from Genesis 41:15. This is the story of Pharaoh having a dream that only Joseph is able to explain. Joseph is able to explain that there will be seven years of great abundance. From that abundance, they must store enough for the seven years of drought that will follow.

There are a couple points of interest to me here. First was; how God chose to reveal the need to store the excess. He gave a dream to Pharaoh, who had to seek counsel to find its meaning. I think that for some of us the decision to prepare isn’t a difficult one, yet for others it causes much stress. It caused stress for me, and I went looking for others who might have had some guidance and insight. This is also why I created PreparedChristian.net.

The second thing that stands out is the scope of what they were being asked to do. They had to store enough to feed an entire country including the livestock and they had seven years to do it.

I am willing to bet that there wasn’t celebrating during those seven years of surplus. I imagine they tightened some strings and cut back some, to make sure they met their goal. Sometimes living a preparedness lifestyle means we do have to cut back, even when things look like they might be okay. This is because you never know when the next drought or famine will be.

 

Exodus 12:35, 36 (NIV)

“The Israelite s did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”

“The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.”

Here is another example of where an all-powerful God could have just told the Jews to flee and He could have provided for every need. This time, however, He told them to only ask the Egyptians for gold, silver and clothing. He provided food and water each day.

On a related note, I have thought about why He would have them ask for precious metals. One possibility is so that the Jews would have something to build the calf into a false idol later on. It could also be the metals used to cover the Ark of the Covenant. Another possible option is trading.

 

Proverbs 6:6 –11 (NLT)

“6:6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 6:7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 6:8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 6:9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 6:10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—6:11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

This is one of those verses that is so cryptic, its meaning is lost on most of us. Yeah, not so much. This verse is the “kick in the pants” of the group. It says to watch the ants (that do nothing but prepare for the future) and learn from their ways and become wise; that we should prepare like the ants do, without being told, because it is in our best interest.

 
Proverbs 21:20

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”

Another verse that sums things up nicely.

 
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.”

I have mentioned that there are five basic human needs. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, they have to be met and according to Timothy 5:8 it is my responsibility to meet them.

Notice that there are no exclusions. It doesn’t say that you can be excused in times of famine, if the economy takes a downturn or if there is a blizzard.

I take this verse seriously; it is my job to provide come what may. In order to provide for the above mentioned scenarios, one must use some forethought.

I guess one could run to the grocery store right before the blizzard hits but that sounds more like a grasshopper than an ant.

 

Proverbs 27:12

“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

This verse is my favorite and where I got the tagline of “Being Prudent in Today’s World”. I also think that it is the most important verse related to preparedness. My wife and I have used this verse to make some very big decisions.

It says that a smart person sees danger and takes precautions now and a fool ignores the danger and suffers for it. So, to be smart, we have to know what danger is and be on the lookout for it so that we can take precautions against it.

If you’re still reading this eBook, then this verse is talking about you. A person who doesn’t see trouble on the horizon won’t spend this much time reading an eBook about whether or not you should prepare. So, congratulations, my prudent compadre!

Here is one way to use this verse; I spend a fair amount of time thinking about “what if” scenarios. Some of this is to look for potential dangers to me and my family, but some is also to think up things to write on for the site.

One potential danger that I have covered on the site, which is a possible danger every winter, is an ice storm. While I have underground power lines and gas heat, they limit the dangers, but don’t eliminate them. As precautions for an ice storm, we have more than enough food to last us, we also have a camp stove to cook it on, should the need arise.

We also have a propane heater and a couple 20lbs propane tanks. If we lost heat and power, I have even thought of how we could insulate one room in the house and have everyone camp out in it.

I looked for the danger and took precautions and in doing this, I believe I have lived out Proverbs 27:12 and 1 Timothy 5:8. We’re more prepared for a potential ice storm and if there is one, I can provide for my family.

 

Comments

  1. The Bible say’s” Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they.” Matthew 6:25 and again in Luke 12:22-31

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Joe,
      I’m familiar with the verse, what context are you meaning it? If you mean it in that we shouldn’t store food because God provides for the birds and will for us as well. Then I’m sorry but I think you have it wrong, the verse isn’t about preparing, it is about worry. We shouldn’t worry, but turn to the Father, I turn to Him every day, but I still wear my seatbelt, have multiple forms of insurance etc.
      Chris

    • Survivalprophet says:

      Even Jesus told his disciples to pack a bug out bag (BOB) Luke 22:36.

    • Cedric Hooks says:

      Does God make the birds nest no the bird has to take action then God Provides Faith and prepared ness go hand in hand

    • Michael bobier says:

      I believe that is because the birds have no ability to provide for themselves. God has endowed man with a brain and with the ability to work otherwise he would not have commanded Adam and Eve to tend the garden. While we are totally dependent upon God for everything and should give him thanks for it He has also allowed man to reap the fruits of their toil. Some for good others for bad. Now in reference to the gun issue I believe every true Christian should have a means of protecting themselves and family. Does this mean going out and starting a war or frivolously killing somebody? By all means no. There were times recorded in scripture where God commanded the Israelites to kill everything and everybody when they entered a city. I do not believe this was because God was bloodthirsty. I believe it was because God knew that if they did not do it they could be overtaken by the people’s false teachings and false worship. I believe this is why it is so important for people to pray about and chose carefully who they vote for for their elected representatives. god did not call us to be timid but he did call us to be a light in the darkness. If we truly know who we are in Him then we can do this. Now does this mean we must have a defeatist attitude and say what is the use? NO. Remember what Elijah said to his servant and prayed God open my servants eyes so he can see. When his eyes were opened he saw a multitude of angels surrounding the enemy. Am I saying God helps those who help themselves? No this is no where to be found in the bible and is inscripturable. Not everybody in the military will adhere to what our president and elected. Officials are planning on doing. There is a grassroots movement starting to spread across america so be of good cheer and by all means adhere to the scripture for in them are the very words of life.

      • Chris Ray says:

        yes, there are many instances where God used violence and commanded it be used. I believe that using violence to stop a threat from harming you or your family is justified.

    • I guess this is OK if you plan on eating earth worms, seeds and apples when the economy collapses, we have a nuclear attack or some other type war or a major weather -natural disaster…or is He going to give you manna every morning ?

      • Chris Ray says:

        I think there are some people that God does call to depend on Him completely, and ask for manna for the day. I think that is a very small percentage though.

        • How do you become that person? I want manna

        • The person that god calls upon to depend on him completely for manna for the day. How can this happen? Is there really people you know that are going threw this dependent life with god?

          • Chris Ray says:

            I don’t know of anyone in modern times, though we’re told we will see this dependence from the Jews when God calls them out of Israel during the tribulation.

  2. Keith Reynolds says:

    I am encouraged to read your thoughts on preparing. I have been struggling with balancing be prepared and living a life of trust. God is truly great and awesome, He can do all things. I also believe he has given us a brain for a reason, and we need to use it. My brother is content to be the “simpleton” and trust God will provide for him and his family & their needs. I am reminded of Matt. 25: 1-13. I have decided I will be like the widow who helped the man of God in his time of need, and help those around who are in need if problems should, or when they, occur. God will bless as he always has.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Keith

      I am glad that you found some encouragement. I do agree, God has given us a brain and the ability to see danger as it approaches. I use Proverbs 27:12 to guide me and tell me when and how to take refuge.

      Chris

  3. Hi Chris,
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on preparing for tough days ahead. My husband and I were just having this conversation tonight. My thoughts were identical to yours. Thanks for the reassurance. You are right, the key word is fear. Fear not for I am with you. God helps those that help themselves. God gives us wisdom for a reason. So we must use it, but know that He is in control. He will never leave us or forsake us.

    God bless you and yours,
    Laura

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Laura,
      I’m glad that you found some reassurance, thank you for letting me know. I agree, God is in control and is ever faithful.
      Chris

  4. I am very glad to have found your site with some preparing guidance in the Bible. Our family has been preparing, but I have wondered if this was Biblical or not. As mentioned above, today in Bible study I read in Matthew 25:1-13. Surely this is speaking of Jesus as the bridegroom and the church as the bride and being prepared for His return, but I think it also speaks literally regarding the foolish women that took no oil for their lamps and the wise women that did have oil. I gives a clear picture that you can “miss the boat” if you are unprepared.

    Thanks again,
    Ruth

    • Chris Ray says:

      I’m glad you found the site Ruth, and got some answers about prepping being Biblical. You are one of many to see a double meaning in that verse, I agree that it has a spiritual and practical meaning.

  5. My biggest question regarding prepping and the Lord’s teaching, is the use of weapons when chaos comes. My thinking is, if you come with your hand out and need food, my family will feed you. If you come with a weapon in your hand, I will give you a fight. Will I be JUST in GOD’S eyes.

  6. Janet Butler says:

    If Christians and gun owners are on the red list, to be the first ones rounded up and exterminated, what is the point of storing up food, if there is no safe place to hide? Where will we go when we are being hunted by a government with such an advanced surveillance and drone technology? Even the deep bunkers in Iraq did not stay secure for long.

    Jeremiah 15:2 And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: “‘Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity.’
    Revelation 13:10 If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

    Please tell me if I am missing something. Confused!!!!

    • Hi Janet,

      Both verses you quoted name those destined to death by the sword, by starvation and captivity, but that doesn’t mean that every Christian is destined to be a part of those three groups. God is calling many Christians to prepare, I believe He has a reason and purpose for it.

      At this point in time, there is no way that Christians and gun owners could be rounded up and exterminated, though that is not to say it will never happen. The reason we prepare is for the huge number of things that can happen between now and then, as well as to prepare for what our God has called us to do.

      If you still have questions please reply here or send me an email. I have written an eBook titles Why Should I Prepare, and is it Biblical? I give this as a free gift to people who subscribe to receive updates. Email me if you would like a copy, as it might help answer your questions.

      Chris

      • Michael bobier says:

        I totally agree. The worlds philosophy is eat, drink and be merry which is prophetic in and of itself

      • A great deal of Christians “feel” that they need to prepare for a coming storm. Whether this storm is a ice storm etc… or a financial one who knows. I keep having the same dream, that it may not be for us. Those of us who believe that God will send His Son soon for us (rapture) why do we store? I’m not sure that we are storing for ourselves, it may be for those left behind. I keep dreaming that what I have will be here for someone in need. I store Bibles, I have a “left behind” dvd by the door. I prepare so no matter what I can help my family, friends, neighbors. I may or may not be here, but what I have prepared will be here for someone.

  7. Michael bobier says:

    I am going to share this information with my son. We just both started prepping and he is meeting with resistance from his wife. They are both Christians in the true biblical sense and I hope this helps him to persuade her

    • Chris Ray says:

      I am glad to hear you and your son have started prepping, welcome to the fold :) I give a free eBook call “why should i prepare and is it Biblical” as a free gift for signing up for email updates. This might be a good tool for your daughter in law.

  8. Thank you for this article, I had a feeling for few years now that God is calling believers to prepare, for all those Christians who think that there is going to be a secret pre tribulation rapture, I am sorry to disappointing you but that is a lie made by the great deceiver, it is an excuse not to be involved in anything and just sit back go to church at Sundays and wait to beamed up.
    Christians are the ones who were fighting tyranny and evil for the passed 2000 years, and Christians are the ones who founded the world’s beacon of light which is the USA, this pre trib rapture thing was not taught 200 years ago.

    we are about to buy a house in the mountains and start a garden and have livestock and be self reliant as much as we can until it becomes unbearable and we have to bail to a plan B location, we have to do our part and God will do his.

    God bless, thank you for your insight

  9. Interested in hearing more of your being prepared for the hard times.. and your ideas of what you feel Christians should do to prepare… I also am buying some property and being self reliant as best I can, any information would be greatly appreciated

    • Welcome Linda! If you can let me know what kind of info you’re looking for, I can either point you to an article I’ve written, or come up with some info if I haven’t covered the topic.

      If you would rather email, send it to chris (at) preparedchristian (dot) net

  10. Mike McCartney says:

    All of this makes me think of the story of the man of faith that was at church when the dam broke. A truck came by, and tried to get him to come with them. He said “God will provide for me”. As the water rose, a boat came by and tried to get him to come with them. He said “God will provide for me”. As he sat on the top of the church steeple, with the water still rising, a helicopter came and tried to get him to come with them. He said “God will provide for me”. He drowned! When he got to the pearly gates, he ask St. Peter, “Being of great faith, how could God let me die?”. St. Peter said, “We sent a truck, boat, and helicopter. What more could you ask?”. Having faith is wise. Sitting back doing nothing as the water rises, not wise.

  11. I saw some great discussions here, and some good scriptures. I’d like to share my favorite scripture that inspires me to be prepared. Nehemiah 4:14…

    Nehemiah 4:14
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

  12. I have had visions and dreams and am increasingly aware of the signs written about end times in the Bible. I don’t know how to start. I don’t know where to go. I believe in buying land and learning to live independantly, I have teen age kids how do I help them with their future…am I destroying their future by taking them out of main stream society… Where will they find their wives… How will my family earn income, clothes…it’s a totally new way of looking at life and I don’t know where to begin

    • Hello Shelly,

      What you’re feeling is pretty normal for someone who is new to preparedness, you have taken the most important step, you started. Concentrate on starting small and slowly, this will help from feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry about looking for land, or taking your family out of the mainstream. If you feel led to do that down the road, go for it then. I have a “getting started” section, that is a good place to start. I plan on updating soon, and will make a blog post about it. Sign up to receive updates from my site and others that you might enjoy.

      Above all, seek God’s will and guidance.

      Let me know if there is anything i can do, and feel free to email me chris (at) preparedchristian (dot) net

  13. If something bad did happen, I would feel so bad for not being ready, I think we should alwalys prepare for the worst in this day and time. Just thank God for his instructions on how to live prudent. He want’s us to be wise not foolish.

  14. Revelation 3:10 – Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

    Revelation 3:11 – I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

  15. Glad I found this! Been prepping for awhile now but my husband thinks it’s not necessary as we will be gone before it gets that bad. Trying to get him and kids on board hasn’t been easy.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I’m glad you found the blog. Many people believe as your husband does, I can’t say I understand the line of thinking. It would be easier with everyone on board, but you might not be able to convince them, so don’t let that stop you.

  16. Wow that blessed my soul I’m going to take that and RUN with it! Going to study more on ‘Prepairdness’ GOD BLESS YOU Man of God.

  17. Ken Jennings says:

    I was directed to this site by a friend . I have had very little interest in the “prepping” phenomenom but have some “friends” who are very adamnant that everyone should be “getting ready” . I am a Christian Believer and a rather outspoken one in the beginning of my new life. I am in my sixteenth year of trying to be obedient to God’s Word and it has tempered my agressiveness to a degree. I must say, that I see , it seems , that most preppers feel a necessity of using their interpretations of the Bible to justify the “prepared life”. The “Good News” from God by way of Jesus is that salvation in Christ is what we should be truly concerned about. We are commanded to go forth and share this good news with all the world . Go forth and make disciples. Then all will be prepared.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Sorry, but I’m not sure of the point of your comment. Is it to say that believers should not be preparing?

      To insinuate that those of us that prepare are neglecting our salvation and the command to share the good news is silly. We are fully capable of doing both. I won’t presume to tell you what God has called you to do outside of spreading the good news, so please don’t presume to tell me or anyone else that we’re living outside of His will.

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