Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Providence

I haven't brought up spiritual things here, generally it isn't the right venue. However, these passages were interesting to consider.

I have a Chrisitian prepper friend who I don't really understand... she has a lot of water bottles in her home, a fully stocked (but "normal" ie, no wheat, mylar, or buckets etc) pantry, and lots of batteries etc. She has a CC and fills her gas tank when it's half empty. However, her plan for bugging out will only be enacted when she hears that the anti Christ has desecrated the temple in Jerusalem. At that point, she is taking her family "to the hills" with what she has on hand in her car (she has a trunk box with sweaters, food, water, a few tools, etc). She feels that if her heart is in the right place, she will find food, her menses will stop, and God will provide for her. I haven't discussed with her what her plan is if she has to shelter in place for economic or other reasons.

However, her idea to ensure that her "heart is well prepared" is a very good one. If we are in a right position before God, if we allow him to use us to care for others, he can and will bless us. No one can set aside enough to last *forever.* If Senate bill S510 passes, and we can't grow our food, if Obama/EPA's bill on rainwater collection goes through... whatever we have will run out soon enough. And helping others who didn't prep will eat up our supplies that much more quickly.

Praying over meals will become much more heartfelt when it gets to that point. Anyway, here's the passages- enjoy.

1 Kings 17:7-16

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him: "Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food." So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, "Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?" As she was going to get it, he called, "And bring me, please, a piece of bread."

"As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, "I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die."

Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.' "

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.


2 Kings 4:1-7

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves." Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?" "Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil."

Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side."

She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one."
But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left."


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1 comment:

suek said...

Have faith and trust in the Lord. Nobody is going to get out alive!

Not that you shouldn't take steps to provide, but some things will be out of your hands.