Most of us have seen or at least heard of the National Geographic television show, Doomsday Preppers. It is a reality show where an individual is rated on how well equipped he or she is to survive the end of the world as we know it. Each individual is prepping to survive some sort of calamity (a natural disaster, economic collapse, government takeover, nuclear attack etc.) The show features some strange individuals and it is definitely made for entertainment. However, it does give rise to the question, “What would you do in a crisis situation?
As a nation, we are facing situations that are disconcerting. As Christians, we can study the scriptures and see warning signs that if a call to repentance isn’t headed, we will face more troubling times in the near future. Throughout the bible God has called his servants to do things that seemed crazy to those around them in order to be prepared. He had Noah build and ark on dry land. He gave Joseph the interpretation of a Pharaoh’s dream, and the wisdom to set aside stores of grain during seven years of abundance to provide Egypt with the means to survive seven years of famine.
I have come to realize that in my own way, I have been a “prepper”, without realizing it, for more than a decade. A search of my home will not reveal gas masks or a military arsenal of weapons. I do not spend all my efforts and energy preparing for tomorrow. I’m not fanatical, but I have strove to learn the art of survival and living a more self-sufficient lifestyle. I’ve wanted the knowledge and skills from past generations for “just in case.” I like knowing I could survive without the local department or grocery store to meet my every need.
In the name of convenience, many of us have lost basic skills that were once a part of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of a microwave. Kudos for indoor plumbing. Thank goodness I don’t have to beat my clothes on a rock by the river to get them clean. I am most thankful for those things that make my life more, well, convenient. However, there is a part of me that thirst for the knowledge of basic skills that have fell by the wayside. I do things a bit off the beaten path. I was making my own soap when it wasn’t cool. My favorite gift is my pressure canner. I wanted to live “off-the-grid” long before it was coined as way to “go green.” I simply enjoy doing these things.
I am not a prophet nor do I need to be one in order to be discerning. I am inclined to listen to the Holy Spirit when he speaks to my spirit man and says, “Be watchful, be prepared.” I do not prep out of fear. I do it to be prudent. I don’t work toward self-sufficiency in order to say look what I can do, but to have knowledge for a “just in case” situation taking place. My faith and peace do not come from “prepping”; it comes from God alone. I guess you can say above all, I am a spiritual prepper. All of my best laid earthly plans can be over in an instant. I do not control the weather, the governments, nor the economy. My life, for that matter, is just a vapor, but my faith in Christ – that is what sustains me. Spiritual preparedness, is first and foremost. I, like David in Psalm 119:114-117 say,
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.” (NIV)
This morning I was thinking of David Wilkerson, a great man of God, who has been called America’s prophet. He passed away in April, 2011, but has left a great legacy behind. He has written prophetic warnings to America since the 1970’s. I believe that Mr. Wilkerson’s last blog post sums up “spiritual prepardness” very nicely. “Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.” (read full article here)
If you can find a copy of The Vision (1973) or Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth (1985), take time to read them and see how much of these books have come to pass.
You can read excerpts from Set the Trumpet to Thy Mouth here.
photo image from of prepper academy