But with God all things are possible
I have been going through a "thing" lately. I kind of let myself get overwhelmed by the realization that we can't do it all and be prepared for all when prepping for the big SHTF scenario. It happens. I'm human. No excuse, just a fact.
I mean, really. How am I supposed to prepare for a family of 4, possibly 10, to store up enough food and supplies to last at least a year, preferably two? Plus do the same for food to take and run with if we have to "bug out"? And, on a very small budget to boot? Well, I finally came to the conclusion that I can't. For me it is an impossible task. I mean, if I spent every penny of my paycheck each month on food for the next two years, I might be able to do it. But that is not something that could, in reality, happen. After all, I still have to have money to live on. I'd almost wager that pretty much every one who reads this blog article is in the same boat as I am. After all, all but the elite one-percent of us pretty much live paycheck to paycheck.
And that's what sent me into the "I just can't do it" mode. The realization that I truly can't. I'm sure there are those out there who can, and who do. But, I just can't. There's no way of getting around it. At least not physically.
Matthew 19:26, But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)
And, that's when it came to me. I was trying to do everything on my own...again. I was looking at my budget, not at my Provider. Ugh! This happens to me way more often than it should!
Why, just a couple of weeks ago I got a message from above that it was my part to do what I could and let The Lord take care of the rest. How could I have fallen back into the snares of the devil so soon??? Actually, I know the answer to that question. It's because I haven't been building up my faith and trust in The Lord by reading His Word enough. Oh, I read scripture every day. But for me, just reading scripture isn't enough. I need to actually read it, meditate upon it, and study it. That's how I armor myself. Or, at least it's how I should.
Philippians 4:6-7, Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
It's too easy to get caught up in the things that are going on around us every day. For me, I was caught up in worry. Worry about how I was going to afford things, worry about how I was going to have time to prepare the food, worry about how and where I was going to store said food. Worry, worry, worry. When I was a child, the nickname my mother gave me was "worry wart". Even though I have long since then been a born-again Christian, I still have to fight that worry wart mentality. I am so thankful that God is faithful and continues to remind me when I get too wrapped up in that state of mind that I don't need to worry; that He's got my back.
So, what I am trying to say here is this...we can only do what we can do, nothing more. That's it. Pretty simple, isn't it? What are we to do when we've done all that we can do? The way I see it, there's only one thing we can do. Trust God to take care of the rest. He has resources that we can't even begin to fathom. It's funny how we struggle with so much when the solution is so simple. Trust in God to take care of it. Wow. I'm so thankful that He is there to take care of all that I can't and that He will truly provide all of my needs. Whether those needs are right now, during a SHTF situation, or post SHTF. He will always be there for me! And, for you!!
It is my prayer for you today that whatever you are struggling with, whatever you are worrying about, that you will give that struggle and worry over to God and let Him take care of it for you.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.