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I recently talked to a friend, who I would characterize as a strong Christian and man of Faith, who told me that He’d was completely prepared to secure and prepare his future. When I asked him about his “plan” for surviving any scenario of nuclear war, starvation, anarchy, or economic collapse, he was quite clear and confident! This was his advice.
He confidently said, “Here is my plan to get ready: Build a bunker. Hide my guns before the government takes them away. Buy gold and stash it. Stockpile food and water.”
He thought he was ready for anything! Or was he? He sounded very certain, but inside I knew that he was at least somewhat afraid. If not, why else would he go to all of this trouble? Self-preservation is a powerful instinct to overcome.
Untested faith is easy.
Selfishness Is Easy, Selflessness Is Hard
If we look at my friend’s plan, the four things that concerned him are the same things that concern us.
We want to be safe from disaster (build a bunker).
We want to be protected from danger and from evil (have a gun).
We want to be secure financially (bought gold).
We want to have enough to eat and drink (stockpile food and water).
BUT THE ONE THING HE NEVER MENTIONED IN HIS LIST OF PREPARATIONS WAS GOD…….NO MENTIONS OF HIS FAITH.
In the midst of all these threatening world-wide times and difficulties, I think that Jesus’ advice to us might be, “Don’t be afraid; be at peace.”
Now Is the Time to Be Even More Unselfish
Worried, in the midst of all these threatening world-wide times and difficulties, we have an opportunity to be more kind, more generous, more understanding, more peaceful, more unselfish.
So why do people “hunker down” and “build bunkers?”
Because they see God as being too small. They are too self-reliant. They cry out to the Lord like the father with the ailing son, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NIV
I think that Jesus’ advice to us might well be, “Don’t be afraid; be at peace.”
But peace has a price. We must actively seek the Lord.
David cried out in Psalms 34:4: “I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”.
Jesus is the Giver of Peace.
John 14:27 states: “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]”.
We can’t procure our own peace. It has to be the peace that Jesus gives, and we must receive that gift by faith. We must build off this fact.
We have the choice to calm down and trust God for the future, or we can live in fear and be miserable.
We Should ALL Lean Into Scripture to Strengthen Our Faith and Invite Peace
I believe reading scripture can build faith and bring peace. To circle back to my earlier story, here were some of my favorites regarding my friends fears:
Regarding Building A Bunker:
Psalm 59:16 “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress…
Regarding Protection From Evil Situations And Evil People:
Psalm 37:1-2 “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.”
Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Regarding Financial Security:
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Regarding Food And Drink:
Matthew 6:30 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’. For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”
There is a caveat here.
The above verses are designed to bring us peace in the midst of difficulties.
However, we will go through life with difficulty and suffering.
Jesus said that there would be war as well as earthly calamities. He said we would be persecuted and betrayed. But He promised He would be united with us in our hour of need.
God designed the church for a reason. We are greater together than alone. We may not always have that privilege.
There is a quote that resonates in times like these:
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”
Some of you I know that you’ve been afraid; but remember that Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, I have overcome the world!”
I hope that these thoughts are helpful to you. Let go of fear. Choose peace. Choose Happiness. God Bless.