For the last couple of years, the number of people who have been moved to store additional food has increased by leaps and bounds. For some of us, the 2008 economic downturn triggered the realization that "a rainy day" was just around the corner, and we should be setting aside extra food "just in case". In the ensuing years, more people have become convinced that this rainy day was not only possible, it was certain; and we are all going to get soaked! Whether it comes as a full-blown economic collapse, a terrorist attack, a solar flare/EMP event, or a wave of civil unrest brought on by all three, we have stocked our larders in preparation.
I then stocked up on bulk items like flour, sugar and salt. Then I bought long-term provisions like beans and rice, and stored them in food-grade buckets to last us over long periods of time; items that were foundational and sustaining.
The other day, as I was reviewing my inventory of stored food, it struck me. Just as persistent as I am about scrutinizing my larder, so should I be about examining my faith. Do I have the beginning elements of my faith intact? Do I truly believe and proclaim the One True God, the Holy Trinity and Christ's death and resurrection for the atonement of all mankind's sins? Have I maintained those roots of my faith; building on them, and renewing their authority in my faith life, always careful to throw out any tenet that took away from this Truth?
Do I practice the staple (or basis) of my faith, which is to love my God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength, while loving my neighbor as myself? Have I stocked up in bulk with the fruits of my faith like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? I surely will not be able to survive the coming hard times without a generous portion of these preservatives.
If you are a Believer, I urge you to replenish your repository of Faith. Make sure you have the essentials and the foundation for an eternal life. And if you are skeptical of God and His authority in this world, I implore you to seek Him. All the money in the world and a storeroom of food will not guarantee that you will ride out this storm.
I have always been frank and unapologetic about my Christian faith, and I must tell you that I am feeling a tremendous urgency to persuade you to act quickly. Do the simple things that will help your family to come safely through the approaching storm, like buying extra food. And then look deeply into your soul. Ask God to provide and protect. And then thank Him for all He is about to do. May the storehouse of your faith be full and overflowing.
Psalm 31:19 "How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."