There’s an old saying that today’s Christians need to hear: “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.”
This is what comes to mind when I consider so many American Christians who are waiting exclusively on a rapture to save them from what the Bible clearly warns will be bad times ahead.
With all that is happening in the world today, I grieve for Christians who are not making any provision for hard times – not preparing themselves spiritually or materially. The most relatively affluent believers in the world are neither spiritually nor physically prepared for what their Savior promised in Matthew 24 would be like “the days of Noah.”
Let me remind you first about what Noah did to prepare – in direct obedience to God.
In Genesis 6, God told him to prepare for the greatest natural disaster in the history of the world by storing food for his family and the animals before entering the ark. God provided all the food and the material to build the ark, but He told Noah to gather the food and actually build the ark.
In Hebrews 11, read: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
Noah was warned by God of things to come, and Yeshua (Jesus) warned us times like that are coming again. He provided something of a detailed forecast in Matthew 24. Among the things he says is to “be ready.” Being ready means being prepared both spiritually and physically for the hardships believers will have to endure – otherwise we would not be warned.
One of the great heroes of the faith in the Bible is Joseph. In Genesis 41 Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream about fat cows and lean cows and healthy wheat and withered wheat. It was a dream God gave to Pharaoh about an impending drought throughout Egypt and much of the Middle East. The solution was preparing for the famine ahead by storing food for seven years. Joseph was given the job of implementing the plan as Pharaoh’s chief operating officer. His work not only saved Egypt but Israel, too.
Again, God provided, but men had to be obedient and use their heads to prepare for the calamity. When God gives us warning about impending disasters, believers are supposed to take note and act responsibly to prepare.
Proverbs 6 shows that God does not appreciate slothfulness and those who do not think ahead: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
Again, Matthew 24 warns that natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity in the last days. And we see them increasing in frequency and intensity. Isn’t God providing all the information we need to prepare? Aren’t we being disobedient by ignoring what He has revealed to us as believers? Yeshua clearly tells us (believers) that conditions on the Earth are going to deteriorate before His return. He’s not issuing that warning for non-believers. He’s issuing it for you – and it’s more than spiritual advice.
Don’t be fooled by anyone who tells you he knows when the rapture is going to happen. It hasn’t happened yet, and many a believer has been caught in a catastrophe unprepared.
Not preparing materially and physically is foolhardy and irresponsible. No, none of us can be prepared for every unforeseen circumstance, but that’s not an excuse for not taking God’s warnings of escalating judgment seriously.
Proverbs 27:12 tells us: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
1 Timothy 5:8 advises: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Revelation 6 warns of a worldwide famine. Do you think it’s responsible to assume you and your loved ones will all be long gone by then?
Yet, I hear too many Christians say, “I’ll just trust God.”
Trust God? He’s telling us what’s coming. He’s telling us very clearly. He’s commanding us to be prepared. So doing nothing is the opposite of trusting God.