So, you have made your basement bomb-proof, installed solar panels, dug a well, and canned enough food to last ten years. You’ve engineered, on your own, a heating system that is not reliant on electricity, and you’ve rigged a longer-lasting septic system. You’ve stocked up on guns and ammo, bought night vision goggles, mapped all your exits, created an EMP-proof shelter for your electronics, stocked up on medicine and herbs, planted a garden, invested in silver, got a gas mask, and bought enough nutella and coffee for trading value.
But…are you ready?
Most prepers would reply, “More ready than that.” It may be so. That is, to say, in material needs. However, the question is: what are you preparing for? A short burst of chaos? A season of trials? A period of transition? Perhaps you’ve been preparing with the thought, just in case, while continuing to make plans for your future. Or, maybe there’s the thought in your mind that you are so well prepared that even if things go drastically bad, you’ll hardly even notice. There will be no ripples in your pond.
However, have you prepared your mind or more importantly your spirit? A season of change is upon us, and most people can feel the vibe in the air, like the static before a big storm. We all know it’s coming. It will rip through our comfortable lives and change the world we have become accustomed to; a world that has been shifting and moving through the ages but always seems to get itself upright in the end.
So, you’re ready, right?
There will inevitably come an age in human history where the world will not set itself upright again; everything will not “get better” but progressively slide downhill– all the way downhill. Are you prepared to live in a world like that? Will your water, food, and fire be enough reason for you to wake up every morning and keep going, when the chance of college, traveling, owning a home, having children or watching them grow, earning good money– everything you’ve been hoping for– have been swiped away for good?
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:5-6)
Think about what category you would place yourself in; is it the carnal or the spiritual?
After the food dwindles and nothing gets better, the streets are unsafe, there’s no longer a movie theater or a bar, there is no more facebook or youtube, and after people you know have died and winters seem colder than you remember, will you still feel prepared to live this way for the rest of your life?
If you scoffed and said you have enough to even survive a zombie apocalypse, I have four words for you…
You are not ready.And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the power of heaven shall be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)
What you are preparing for, physically, is not enough to carry you through, mentally and spiritually. Jesus said, men will quite literally die from fear of what is happening on the earth. As I look around, I see so much violence– ISIS, the threat of a world war, pandemics, government control, economic instability, and I can’t help but think we are already approaching the horizon where many people are scared of the future. So what do you have to hold onto that will supersede this material and flammable world? What will remain unchanged– strengthened even– when everything else has irreversibly been changed?
In such times of uncertainty, your spiritual state of being and what you have placed your faith in will ultimately determine how you will fare and whether you will survive. Jesus said:These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
As I walk forward toward the horizon, I walk with my God– a God who has overcome the world so it cannot overcome me. A God who will part the sea for me to walk through. A God who will guide me through to green pastures. A God who gives me eternal life, even after this world has passed. He is a loving God, who lets me call Him Father.
I am prepared.