Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 HCSB
There is a “hoarder” element of the “Prepper” mentality that turns me off to the idea. The extreme couponers with basement pantries full of mustard and toilet paper come to mind.
But at the same time, Scripture commands us as Christians to be ready and willing to share with others. Proverbs 31 says, “Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy. She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.” (Proverbs 31:20-21 HCSB)
Not only are we responsible for caring for the needs of our own families, but we bear responsibility as a command in Scripture to be ready and willing to care for the needs of others.
This can take on a few different appearances.
For starters, having a small “larder” stocked with non-perrishable items is just good practice. Things like canned meats, beans, soups, stews, veggies and dried grains and beans can really go a long way in sustaining your family’s nutrition. Canning and preserving your own produce is just good stewardship and it stretches your resources and budget on a regular basis.
Additionally, in an emergency or unexpectedly lean time, being able to go to the pantry for food is always a good thing.
When you trust God for provision of your needs, the pressure is not on you to “make things happen,” rather, the responsibility becomes to discern need and to steward His gifts well to His glory.
We saw this in action after my husband’s injury. Not only had we been prepared for our own needs, we had resources to share with those who came to help us. That was a unique and sweet time to me; I was able to help and be helped simultaneously through being open to having people stay with us and help with daily tasks, and thank them with tasty food.
As hurricane Florence threatens the coastal Carolinas, I am burdened for the safety and well-being of friends we made while we lived there, as well as our home there. I’m praying that if God gave us connections there for such a time as this, that we’ll be prepared and ready to offer hospitality to people in need.
Praying God’s mighty hand of protection over the entire area of impact, in Jesus’ name! Amen.