Have you noticed–warnings are being sounded out from every direction. Nearly everyone is looking for a coming calamity. Some folks are taking every possible means to protect themselves, while others have their head in the clouds as though nothing bad could possibly happen. Both, I think, are wrong. I believe in being prepared as much as anyone–if you don’t believe me just try breaking in my house while I’m there, but it seems to me that some people have gone overboard. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
I just looked at a website called,”survivalseed.com”. It said,”For just $149.00 plus 15.00 shipping and handling (total $164.00), you can get enough seeds to plant a full acre survival garden!”. While there are some interesting things on this site I can’t help but feel that this is going to the extreme–that the ones who will profit the most are those who are selling the seeds. This site claims that this “New ‘Survival Seed Bank TM’ produces thousands of pounds of nutrient-dense food for pennies per pound—enough to feed friends and family forever!” That’s quite a claim. I’ll admit that I could be wrong about this, maybe everyone should plant such a garden. However, if things get so bad that our survival depends on having such a garden, wouldn’t armed guards be needed to protect it from thieves? We’ve seen numerous examples of riots and looting over much less serious matters. How bad do you think it would get if we had an actual nation wide shortage of food? I suspect it would be much worse than we can even imagine! We might very well live to see such a time, but I’m not so sure that we should worry about growing a garden. Most of us live in the city and we don’t even have an acre to grow such a garden. If such a food shortage ever occurs we would have to defend it with our lives. When people get to the point of starvation they will kill you without a second thought to get food. No, we need something more realible than “Survival seeds”, or a garden or a gun. We need God!
I’m all for being frugal, saving money, growing crops, canning food, etc., but all that alone won’t be enough to avert disaster. There is only one thing we can always rely on regardless of circumstances, and that is a right relationship with God. If that isn’t what it ought to be there is nothing on earth that will protect us. As a Christian you can rest your weary head upon the precious promise found in Matthew 6:33,”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I can live with that! It is not the size of my bank account, or the generousity of the church I pastor, or the state of my health, or the promises of the government to care for me that comforts me–no indeed. It is my faith in God’s promises that makes me feel safe and secure. He cannot lie. His promises are always true, His grace is always sufficent. That provides me with the peace I need to face an uncertain future.It will do the same for you. Think about it!