Q. I was reading a website and they are actively advocating disaster preparation. While this sounds reasonable, I and my daughter, sons and grandchildren do not have the means to prepare as indicated. By that I mean, I am elderly and just not young enough to lead the group in preparing. Some people are saying prepare for at least 7 years. That brings up the thought of such chaos, it sounds like the tribulation. What does the Bible say?
A. If you live some place where power outages are a problem, or if it’s difficult to get to a store, having a week or two of essentials on hand is a good idea. But you may have noticed that many of the sites advising Christians to prepare for months or years of hard times also sell the items they say you should have. It’s because they make money selling those products. When they give a “teaching” about storing up for the future, I think of it as them giving a sales pitch for the products they sell.
Also, Jesus never advised us to store up for a future on Earth. He said we should store up our treasure in heaven instead (Matt. 6:19-21), and called the rich man who did have a storehouse on earth a fool (Luke 12:13-21).
He said we what should do is seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness and all our needs would be provided (Matt. 6:31-33).
It boils down to whether you think you have to depend on yourself or whether you think you can depend on the Lord’s promises. Remember, the popular verse that says, “The Lord helps those who help themselves” is not in the Bible.