Make Ready, But …

Proverbs 21:31 presents a valuable admonition, and not just for cavalrymen preparing an attack: The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

“Preppers” might well embrace the first half of this Scripture verse, intending to survive the upcoming holocaust. I watched a couple of episodes of Doomsday Preppers, amazed at the lengths they were willing to go in preparation for any eventuality.

When I listen to conspiracy theorists and survivalists I begin to feel unsettled, wondering what I would do in a “SHTF” situation. Fortunately, though, faith trumps fear, and I realize that whatever God has in store for me is infinitely better than trying to take control of my own destiny. Besides, my Social Security income won’t support much in the way of fortresses, rolling gun platforms or food stores. If the wandering brigands decide a can of soup is more valuable than my life, I’ve already done the most important preparation of all; I wear the whole armor of God, so they may kill my body, or eat it for that matter, but I can confidently agree with the author of Hebrews in chapter thirteen:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say,

“The Lord is my helper;
    I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”


4 thoughts on “Make Ready, But …

  1. “When you fear God, you will fear nothing else.”
    Agree, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. How many times has He commanded us to “fear not”, “do not be afraid”…
    Good Word.

    • Fear, like lust and greed, is both a habit and a perversion of God-given instincts. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” But, despite our regeneration, our corrupted human nature influences our thoughts and actions to some degree. That was true of the dad in Mark 9:24, but Jesus healed the girl anyway. My most frequent prayer comes from that passage, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

  2. Good stuff there, thanks. I sometimes wonder why we seem to fixate on preparing our selves for the end times as if we can somehow slow down the process. Specifically, I am thinking of all the talk about how so many things that are being done, such as a cashless society are signs of preparation for the Mark of the Beast. Hey, it might very well be true that that is the case. But, true or not, it is God’s plan for the end times. Seems rather than trying to resist or slow down the events, we should be worrying about others who are not ready, and share Jesus with them so that they can be ready.

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