The Parable of the Rich Fool:
“And He told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”
But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12: 13-21
Oh, don’t we ever learn! “…Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” I do not believe that we are directed to store up years and years worth of food with this passage. I do believe that we are meant to prepare for the hard times as best we can so that we can feed our families and take care of them and then share with those who did not heed the Lord’s warning. Americans waste so much money on non-essentials and we are a “throw it away” society. It’s time to put the value back into our dollar with our purchases.
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
From a preparedness point of view, God specifically instructs us to provide for our family and relatives in 1st Timothy. It is our job not only to prepare with sustenance and shelter but also with knowledge. Younger generations need to be taught how to take care of themselves, live simply, and to grow their own food and store it. And then, taking this a step further, we are charged with nurturing their relationship with our Father.