Monday, November 5, 2018

Are preppers and survivalists failing to trust God?


Ever hear a minister or other person of faith object to the idea of preparedness or survivalism by saying that by doing so we are not trusting God? I have. One way to answer this objection is to point out the hypocrisy of the person making it. Do they have insurance? Do they have a spare tire in their car? Do they have smoke alarms or a fire extinguisher in their house? Do they own a first aid kit? Do they have an IRA or other type of retirement account? Have they taught their children how to call 911? If so, I guess they are failing to trust God, too.

However, the best way to answer this objection is by pointing out all the many passages in both the Old and New Testaments in which God calls for his people to prepare for difficult times in the future. Here are just a few of the passages that deal with preparedness:

"A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished." -- Proverbs 27:12 (NKJV)

"The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down." --  Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)

"But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever." -- 1 Timothy 5:8 (HCSB)

"Then He [Jesus] said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." -- Luke 22:36 (NKJV)

"By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith." -- Hebrews 11:7 (ESV)

"And you shall take for yourself of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them." -- Genesis 6:21

A host of other verses could be quoted also, including Genesis 41:47-57 (food storage), Exodus 22:2 (self-defense), Psalm 144:1(self-defense training!), Proverbs 6:6-11 (look to the ant's example - constantly prepare for the future), 1 Corinthians 16:13 (stay alert, be brave, be strong), 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (stay alert, situational awareness), and Matthew 25:1-13 (the wisdom of the five prepared virgins compared to the foolishness of the five ill-prepared virgins).

The Bible makes it clear that preparedness (both physical and spiritual) is not only prudent, but in fact is commanded by God. 

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