There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman among other things) that are convinced that prepping is a slap in the Almighty’s face. They almost exclusively use Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” completely ignoring the dozens of supportive verses like 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Proverbs 6:5-9, “Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler. Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Proverbs 23:3, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
I do not for one second imply that I am a Bible scholar, but certain things are fairly obvious. I have read the entire Good Book twice and have regularly listened to the Word in my shop for over 20 years now, I have first hand knowledge. However, I believe that Matthew is relating to worry, period. One reader wrote that any prepping was unscriptural and my response was; is one can of beans in your cupboard doubting Gods ability to provide? Why do churches have soup kitchens, shouldn’t the pastor just have people show up and pray to be fed? No, they need to have food on hand and prepare it for the guests. The meal is the answer to the prayer.
The one scripture that admonishes us to prepare is so overwhelming one simply cannot overlook it is; 1 Timothy 5:8 and simply says “provide” as in ongoing. If one sees a dearth of “provisions” in the future, does that let us off the hook to provide? Absolutely not. Just as God arraigned for Joseph to save countless lives by prepping for seven years or Noah to save humanity 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.” The Bible is full of other well known examples, Noah and Joseph who were probably the greatest preppers in history, the three wise men providing for the Holy Family while in exile and many more.
The Bible is rich with stories of Gods deliverance, but it didn’t involve people sitting around waiting for their three hots and a cot.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV). We are called to work so we can eat,
I bet you that even the critics of prepping don’t just sit around in the morning praying for breakfast, if they were honest, they would remove everything from their cupboards and not worry about what they would eat.
The key to anything is balance, not to be overwhelmed with prepping and forget that God holds our every single heartbeat in his hand. The pre trib and post trib discussion is a moot point, because like my savior said in Matthew; But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
I believe that “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Proverbs 22:3,
My duty is to take care of my “house” lest I become worse that an infidel. Think about it, pray about it and takes the Good Books advice in Matthew when he says
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”, and wow is there enough evil.