“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”
“For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
The practice of stocking up on those items which MIGHT be wanted in a future period of need is NOT one which is highly recommended by the Bible.
Jesus Himself illustrated the heavenly view of such actions.
“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
“But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
Apparently, Jesus would NOT have made much of a prepper.
BUT all of the planning and gathering and storing away does NOT lead the hoarder into happiness (as one might be led to believe).
This is easily enough proved by perusing stories of billionaires. For the most part, these men (and a few women) devote their LIVES to accumulating wealth.
But are they happy?
From the accounts in the press, the answer would have to be “No.“
This leads to the observation that accumulating stuff (whether it be goods, money or something else), is a wearisome task at best.
Though the accumulators try to portray their gathering of stuff as a joy, it would appear to be a WEARISOME joy, if joy at all.
This is because sin is a burden to bear: NOT a joyful action which makes the sinner happy.
And what is the constant planned accumulation of goods (or something else) but another name for COVETING ( to wish for earnestly OR to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably).
Oh, such an observation would provoke an argument or two from the survivalists, but two questions will put the practice into its proper place.
1- AFTER goods, guns, groceries, gold and whatnot are gathered, what does the owner of such a stash do when a NON-PREPPING friend, neighbor or family member asks for assistance during that time of need?
2- Does the prepper EVER stop prepping? Does there come a time when he says, “I have enough!”?
IF there is ANY joy to be had from accumulating STUFF, it is WEARISOME one.
WHAT does the reader believe about accumulating stuff?
DOES the reader engage in any actions associated with accumulating?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 27, 2021.]
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