What is the "Perfect Storm"? The answer to that is different to all of us and it is even different to us at different tines in our life. It totally depends on your emotional and spiritual maturity. At 4 the perfect storm that rocks your boat, is someone taking the toy you were playing with, or having to take a nap. At 14 it may be not getting asked to the dance, or getting a bad report card. At 24, 34, 44... it may be losing a job, not being accepted or acknowledged, struggling with addictions, not having a spouse, having a spouse, not having a place to stay or food to eat, or maybe a bad report from the doctor, or the loss of a loved one. And at that moment your life can come crashing down. The world as you know it whirls and stops all at the same time. And the world as you have known it, will forever be different. It may be hard to adjust, but it doesn't mean it won't be good. If fact even though it feels like the "Perfect Storm" that has forever ruined your life, God can take (and will) the rubble of your former life and create a new one that is far better than you ever imagined.
Isaiah 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Okay now you ask what does this have to do with Doomsday Preppers. Everything! I see and have watched a few of those shows about doomsday prepping. and all though I don't totally agree with what they are doing - I don't totally disagree either. In Matthew 6 God tells us to not store up riches here on this earth, that instead we are to store up our riches in heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So now to explain how to store up riches in heaven and the part of the prepping I agree with. I agree that we need to prep. I just feel we need to do it differently. I'm not saying it's not a good thing to have an emergency kit ready - But I think even more than that we need to have one of God's emergency kits. So just as the preppers start collecting we need to start collecting. They collect a blanket, we collect God's Word. See God's word is our weapon. But how do we use it if we don't know it's there. That's like going to work and thinking you don't have your lunch and your spouse actually put it in your car but didn't tell you. So you go hungry because you didn't know it was there.
2 Corinthians 10 1:6 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
God gives us a way to prep for everything we need and every obstacle the devil throws at us. But we need to know Gods word and Gods solution BEFORE the storm hits. We can't wait until the bill collector comes knocking at our door to start tithing and building up our prosperity. We can't wait until we get a bad report from the doctor to start looking up scriptures on healing. We can't wait until the devil is tormenting us emotionally into anxiety and depression before we start learning that God's peace surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7. See that's the Perfect Storm - being unprepared when the storm hits. We can be unprepared, and Gods mercy will rescue us, but it is so much better to be a Spiritual Prepper and have our weapons ready when the storm hits.
We are more than conquers through Christ who strengthens us... lets start acting like it. I would like to do a couple more posts about this with some specific areas of Spiritual Prepping. So Unless God puts it on my heart to post something else, I'll see you back here with "Spiritual Prepping 101" next week.
Have a Blessed Day!