We, as Christians, know that we are living in “the end times”. Some of us have felt the need to prepare for such a time by becoming what is referred to in today's world as “preppers” (Note: not all preppers are of the Christian faith). Some would say preppers are following a conspiracy theory, and they are considered fear mongers by many. If that's the case, then in today's world Noah would be considered one of the biggest fear mongers of all.
Hebrews 11:7 says Noah was moved by fear and built the ark; out of fear of the end times that God spoke to him about. Noah may have been moved by fear, but it was his faith the propelled him forward to act on that fear.
Heb 11:7 King James Version (KJV) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Today's Christians are told to trust in the Lord that He will provide for us during the end times and we don't need to do anything to prepare physically (as in store food or necessary items in the case of a long term emergency). Well, as I see it, one way that God will provide for us during the end times is by telling us what we need to do to be prepared. If we are lead to prepare for our lives to live in a time when there will be no electricity or modern conveniences or even a way to obtain food, is that not God preparing us?
Today, I realized that I have gotten it all wrong and I have been listening to the world and all their jeers and taunts that prepping is a result of a conspiracy theory that is referred to as SHTF. It may be as a result of fear that I have decided to become a prepper. But, what brought on that fear? Just watch any mainstream media news and you will see. However, today, I realized that it was not only fear, but also faith that lead me into prepping.
Matthew 24:37-39 King James Version (KJV) But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
I have been prepping for the last couple of years and have come a long way with our emergency supplies. However, lately, it has been pressed upon me to start making homemade MREs. Food that my family will actually eat and enjoy if ever there was a long term disaster. So, I took on the adventure of learning to do such and purchased materials and some food necessary to make them. As soon as I had a few MREs made, I got the feeling that I needed to buy a food dehydrator to make better meals because there were certain food items that I couldn't find in the grocery store that I wanted to include in said MREs. So, today I ordered a food dehydrator. I will be sharing the meals and ideas I came up with you in the near future.
I have received in my spirit the go ahead and expand my preparations, and even the unction to start “stepping it up”. Is this God's way of preparing me and my family for what is to come in the same way that He told Noah to prepare for the flood? I, for one, believe it is. May God give you the wisdom to do what is right for you and yours.