Over the last several years, people everywhere have been preparing for some major catastrophe. The market for preparedness supplies such as food with a long shelf life, water, gold, ammunition, etc. has exploded. Everywhere people are preparing for economic collapse, EMP attacks, earthquakes, martial law, war, tsunamis, and asteroid strikes. The Internet is a haven for preparedness as websites pop up everywhere with the latest doomsday information. There’s even a TV series devoted to preparedness. Some people have bunkers, others have bug out locations, and others have huge storage sheds stockpiled with everything you could need to survive on your own for a long time.
After the stock market crash of 2008, I went into a bit of a panic. A student of prophecy, I understood the implications of what the crash could mean. The Bible is full of information about end times and how food will be scarce. As I watched the food riots in other countries, I started a garden in my backyard. I felt like the financial crisis was a domino and I didn’t know which would be the last to beckon the beginning of the end days. Alarmed, I stored as much food as I could with the budget, time, and space available then. Most my free time went to emergency preparedness.
It was a bust. I didn’t know how to garden so I didn’t grow a thing. My back went out several times just trying to penetrate the tough Texas sod. I probably struck my foot with a shovel about a thousand times. I ran out of money before I could buy all the emergency preparedness stuff I needed. God was probably laughing at me.
I realized I was acting like a child without a Father. I mistakenly believed that I was on my own against all the potential disasters, and that my family was dependent upon me for their survival. I never considered what the Bible had to say about how our Father will provide for and protect us during any crisis.
So, what does the Bible say about those things?
If you live for God, everything you need will be given to you. Consider the following passage spoken by Jesus to His followers:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 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 than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34, emphasis mine
Notice the part about seeking His kingdom and righteousness first. It says if you do that, all these things (food and clothes) will be given to you as well. If you are living for God’s kingdom rather than the earthly kingdoms, you will never go hungry or be without clothing. You can bank on it.
All of your needs will be met. Not just physical needs – spiritual and emotional needs as well. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ.” You will overflow as God provides.
Even if you disappoint God, He will still provide for you. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:21 said, “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skin and clothed them.” They had just committed the first sin in history. Surely God was very grieved as He knew the dreadful outcome of the sin. However, this didn’t prevent Him from providing his beloved with clothing.
In this culture, self-reliance is promoted and praised. It has been taught and passed down for generations. However, God never said He would help those who help themselves. He did, however, say that He would help those who look to Him. In this unstable world, there is no way to prepare for all the potential threats we face. One could spend all his time and money preparing for an earthquake, only to have his provisions wiped out in a flood.
Once I realized this, I stopped preparing. The only secure place on this planet is directly in the center of the will of God. Outside His will, there is no security. I can rest in the knowledge that He will protect my family and I as long as we’re living for Him and seeking His kingdom first. I’m released from worry because my Father has made these sure promises to me. And if you’re a Christian, you can too.