There’s a lot of argument and controversy when it comes to using Biblical scripture to justify the preparedness movement. One side argues that preparedness is clearly directed in the Bible. Others say that by preparing, we aren’t trusting in the Lord to provide for our needs.
As for me, I’m not convinced that either side is right. I believe that we are charged with taking care of our family, and that is the approach I take to preparing. I believe that simple preparing and planning will help minimize impacts on my family during leaner times (we have them each year based on the ebb and flow of work) and also keeps us focused on what’s important to us.
I do find so much wisdom to be gleaned from the Scripture, however, and some verses speak more to me regarding prepping than others. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite verses with you here today.
Those who work their land will have abundant food but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
The directive behind this is simple. You should work your land to raise your own food. Our society has gotten so far away from simple, basic meals that many don’t even know how to prepare something as simple as a pot of dried beans! Our demand for “easy and now” has led our society down a treacherous path. It is time for our country to return to our roots. Teach our children how to grow and then preserve their own food, to “make do” and to save their money so that they aren’t shackled by debt.
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Store up the choice food so that you will not be hungry when that choice food is gone. Canning, freezing, drying food… forms of all of these have been around since Biblical times for a reason. I can’t image having to tell my hungry and crying child that there is no more food for them. I never, ever want to be in that place nor do I want any of my family members, friends or neighbors to experience that. It’s why I prepare.