Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Good Life and Prosperity

To be sure, our Father in heaven wants us to have a good life, and to have prosperity.

He has promised many, many times that He will watch over and take care of us who serve and obey Him, and His laws.

Problem is ... His definition of "good life and prosperity" may be a little different than ours.

But I digress. 

After describing the natural concern most people have for the basic necessities of food and clothing, Jesus exhorted us to "Seek, first, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)

Paul wrote, "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’." (Hebrews 13:5)

God is our Creator, our Sustainer and our Provider.

He makes it possible for us to breathe the air that we breathe, drink the water that we drink and eat the food that we eat. 

Most human beings simply do not think about THAT.

I can guarantee you that homesteaders and preppers sure do ... air, food and water is of utmost importance to the off-grid, self-sufficient types, and they think about it a lot. 

They may not associate God with those things right now, but we're working on changing that ... aren't we.

The Bible shows us, repeatedly, that if we honor God with our endeavors and possessions, "So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine." (Proverbs 3:9–10)

"But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:6–8)

Hey ... did you catch that "sufficiency" part up there?

Again, as in so many other biblical passages, our Father in heaven is revealing to us that IF we are generous in giving to Him and His Work, He will indeed shower blessings upon us in many different ways. 

For He is able to make sure we always have enough to eat ... to make sure we always have enough to take care of our families ... IF we truly serve and obey the One who provides it.

Even though terrible tests and trials are ahead for our country .. physically, financially and otherwise ... those who truly obey God, and walk with Him, will prevail.

I faithfully prep KNOWING my family will have the divine protection of God in the perilous times to come ... I do not prep out of doubt or fear.

How do you prep?  Do you prep in doubt, or faith?  

Why do you prep?  Do you prep out of fear, or responsibility?

It is all a question of how "real" God is to you, really ... and if you are able to see Him intervening on your behalf when times are REALLY bad ... and if you are ready to serve and obey Him. 

With love, 

Your Faithful Prepper 
(where autonomy and faith collide)

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