“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore” (Psalm 121:1–8)
Many of us are concerned about the future. Some are in out-right fear. With the ability to cause global destruction on various levels and the decaying of the U.S. Constitution, it’s little wonder people are expecting and preparing for the worst. Who can blame them. If we see a hurricane approaching, the only right thing to do is get ready for it; denial just makes our situation all the worst.
Any preparation is better than none, and the better prepared the more peace of mind in the prepared area. Still, there is an area that I’ve notice many good folks are missing it in, and that’s spiritually. Many Christians I’ve met think they’re prepared spiritually, but what they’ve really done is just “bury their heads in the sand” to avoid the fear.
Something to keep in mind about God: He’ll tell us the truth even when it’s ugly, but then He’ll give the the answer to get us through the tribulation. God did this with Noah, He did this with the prophets of Israel and Judah, He did it with the patriarchs, He did it with King David, He did it with Paul and the other apostles, and He does it with us.
If we’re going to follow God, He won’t let us hide from reality. On-the-other-hand, He always gives us hope and peace. That hope and peace is found in His Word, the Bible. But we can’t be a partaker of that hope and peace unless we believe what He tells us:
“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:1–3).
The most important way, and the most accessible way to prepare for hard times, is to be strong in the word of God. Believe what he says and act on it. How do we act on it when fear knocks on the door? I do what Jesus did and say, “It is written” (Matthew 4:1–11), and then say what God says about the situation. It works for me, and the more I do it, the stronger I become.
So stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might by staying strong in His word.
Stay strong and prepared!