Proverbs 28:19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!
We live in uncertain days, wars and rumors of wars, epidemics, economic distresses, and indiscriminant violence. These are days when we need to be wise, and the Bible has much to say about being prepared for hard times. God wants his people to be prepared whenever trouble comes. Now that doesn’t mean we’re to worry. Scripture says don’t worry about what you shall eat, drink, or wear. But scripture also tells us to be like the ant and prepare in this season for what comes in the next.
Growing up I can remember being taught to “save for a rainy day.” We were taught to work hard to be sure we had enough, and we were careful not to be wasteful. Some of that came to us because my grandfather and grandmother went through the Great Depression and knew what it was like live in very lean times. Some of it was because we were farmers who grew most of our own food, meaning we would go hungry if we weren’t diligent. Perhaps it’s just ingrained in me, but I still try to stay prepared for what might come in the days ahead.
Be wise, my friends. This is not a time to for foolishness. Set a little aside; make sure the pantries are full. I’ve heard it said that Noah didn’t wait for it to start raining to build the Ark. Take heed from the wise men of scripture. As Joseph told Pharaoh, store up enough during good times to make sure you have enough in bad times (Genesis 41:35-36).
Have a God Filled Week,