The Bible and Prepping
I have in the past talked about why prepping is beneficial not only to us as individuals, but also to our communities and society in general. There are many in the prepper community who are Christians and would like to follow what God says in the Bible (If you are not Christian no problem, but this post may not be for you check out some of my other how to posts). I normally also don’t just send my readers to other links, but when I was doing my own research on this topic I found a great article regarding this topic and it says most everything I could say. I will just add a little more to it.
As is talked about in the article there are some who believe you should not prep as then you are not believing in God for your sustenance. If our God was a God that believed in not preparing, why would he so many times in the bible ask us to prepare, whether it is our hearts, minds and even in some instances prepare for our own health and well being here on Earth? Also as God had asked Noah and Joseph to prepare we see that the preparation is something that not only may be acceptable by God, but even something he called people to do.
Then we get into the argument of, if you are prepping then you aren’t relying on God for everything. The first thing I would say to this is that I am relying on God to give me the abilities I have to do my job, make money and even be able to afford to put more away for my family. God is not a God of laziness and thus wants us to do things with what he has given us. If we went by this same logic we also would not eat because we have to prepare the food and then use our mouths to eat it. God has thus given us the abilities and provisions to make the food and given us a working body that can eat and digest the food. What I feel is the that sometimes God comes to us halfway and then we must meet him by doing what he asks. The blessings may not always look like what we think miracles are, but they may be more of blessings in forms of Job Promotions or raises or even finding something on a sale that we desperately need. We must not be lazy and bad employees or we will not get these things, we are expected to use our gifts and talents to be productive.
This also reminds me of a funny story that I have heard at church and seen on many websites and I think it is very pertinent.
“This is a story of a man, who was a firm believer of god.
One day it began to rain very heavily. It kept raining and a big flood came.
The man climbed up on the roof of his house, and knew that he would be ok. God would protect him.
It kept raining and now the water had reached his waist. A boat came by and a guy in the boat said: “Hey, jump in. We will take you with us”.
“No thanks”, said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will rescue me”. He sent the boat away.
It kept on raining and now the water had reached his neck. Another boat came by and a guy in the boat said: “You look like you could need some help. Jump in and we will take you with us”.
“No”, said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will rescue me. Don’t worry about me”. The boat sailed away.
It still rained and the water now reached his mouth. A helicopter came by and a guy in the helicopter threw down a rope and said: “Hi there my friend. Climb up. We will rescue you”.
“No”, said the man. “I’m a firm believer in God. He will rescue me. I know he will”. The helicopter flew away.
It kept on raining, and finally the man drowned.
When the man died, he went to heaven. When entering Heaven, he had an interview with God.
After giving a polite greeting and sitting down, the man asked: “Where were you. I waited and waited. I was sure you would rescue me, as I have been a firm believer all my life, and have only done good to others. So where were you when I needed you?”
God scratched his confused looking face and answered: “I don’t get it either. I sent you two boats and a helicopter”.”
Sometimes we must be prepared to do some work and meet God in the middle. We see things our own way and want God to do things our way, but we need to be able to adapt and change to do the things the way God wants us to. This is when we will be able to see how God wants to bless us not how we think we should be blessed.