After the earlier post, I figured I should show some Biblical Quotes on Preparedness.
“And remember; take enough food for your family and for all the animals”.
God could have easily provided enough food every day for all people and animals on board, but He had Noah prepare ahead of time. God told Noah to build the Ark BEFORE the flood.
“I had a dream last night,” Pharaoh told him, “and none of these men can tell me what it means. But I have heard that you can interpret dreams, and that is why I have called for you.”
Joseph told the Pharaoh to stockpile seven years of grain. God used seven years of great prosperity to bless them in the seven years of famine.
And the people of Israel did as Moses had instructed and asked the Egyptians for clothing and articles of silver and gold. 36 The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So, like a victorious army, they plundered the Egyptians!
God could have provided everything for them, but He instructed them to prepare certain things before leaving.
Proverbs 6:6 – 6:11
6:6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise! 6:7 Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work, 6:8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 6:9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? I want you to learn this lesson: 6:10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest 6:11 and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Ants don’t take breaks, Prepping is hard, it’s not easy, and it takes resources from things that are fun. But that does not mean you should not have some self-discipline to put off instant gratification to ensure you have your needs met.
“But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
A man that refuses to provide is not a man. If you see a danger and refuse to take the appropriate precautions, then this verse applies as well.
“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
God through Solomon only gives us two choices
Our economy, the unemployed rate is almost 10%. With Quantitative easing round two the Federal Reserve in an attempt to jump-start the economy just angered much of the world by devaluing our dollar. The National Inflation Association has stated they believe we will see hyperinflation and expects the prices of food to skyrocket.
I’m not saying that we’re in “The End Times”, but inflation or hyperinflation is a real danger. Hyperinflation is the only way I can see a day’s wages paying for a loaf of bread as mentioned in Revelation 6:6.
“By faith, Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,…,prepared an ark to the saving of his house…”
“There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.”
Luke 6: 46
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
“Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. “
“Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.”
“Desire realized is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.”
“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, but with many counselors they succeed.”
“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but, the Lord directeth his steps.”
“Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance.”
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
“The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, but the naive go on, and are punished for it.”
“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
“Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; afterwards, then, build your house.”
“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty.”
“Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;”
“Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.”
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
“And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish. ‘”
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.”
1 Timothy 6:7
“For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.”