“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
I believe that this is perhaps the most important verse in the Bible related to preparedness. But how is “prudent” defined? I went to the dictionary:
The first word to describe prudent is wise. The words prudent, cautious and self-control are wisdom’s roots. Synonyms include sensible, economical, thrifty, frugal. Adjectives include “wise or judicious in practical affairs, discreet and cautious in managing one’s activities, practical and careful in providing for the future, exercising good judgment or common sense.”
Common sense… Common sense recognizes that there will be good times and bad times. During the good times it is wise to be sensible, economical, and thrifty. The purpose is to prepare for the bad times. Sensible Citizen Preppers is all about prudent preparedness.
One way I use this verse is to think of “what if” scenarios. I’m in Minnesota, so what if tends to take the form of blizzards, ice storms, floods, and tornadoes for natural disasters. What if also encompasses vehicle breakdowns, unexpected vet and medical bills, etc. Then there is job loss, divorce, death of a loved one to consider. And on a much scarier scale, a nuclear plant melt down (only 120 miles away), pandemic, economic collapse, or the unthinkable EMP caused by either a solar flare or terrorism.
All preparedness depends on where you live. I currently live on a small 3 acre homestead within the city limits of a small rural community. I have prepared by first thinking about all the “what ifs” and creating a plan by survival importance.
In Minnesota, that means heat first—Of course something will happen when it is 40 degrees below zero! This home is heated with natural gas. I have been assured by the power company that even if the electricity goes out, natural gas will continue to flow. So, I purchased a garage heater that does not need electricity and have it installed in the basement, as heat rises. But, what about an EMP or pandemic that could possibly stop the natural gas from flowing? I purchased a used woodstove with piping. It sits in the garage, if needed, along with 30 days of dry, stacked wood. If life becomes less unstable, I would like to take it out on my limestone deck, surround it with stone and make it into an outdoor fireplace.
Next is water. I have a 14 day supply of bottled water, 4 50 gallon rain barrels, a 300 gallon fish pond, a trout stream in the backyard and a Big Berkey water purifier. Plus I just bought a hand pump to attach to the shallow well in the basement.
Food… Preparedness is all about “what if”… So, I believe in the prepper proverb of “Store what you eat; eat what you store”. And I have canned and dry goods put back. But because I am concerned about the economy, I also have rice, wheat, flour and beans packed in 5 gallon containers in my basement. Maybe enough for a year if frugal, far less if relatives show up.
I honestly try to be prudent and take precautions and in doing this I believe I am living God’s word in Proverbs 27:12. We are self-reliant enough to be part of the solution and rebuilding rather than part of the problem and in need. And perhaps we could help others as well.
1 Timothy 5:8 says “ But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” This is not the person I want to be. My choice is to walk in faith and not in fear, but to be that prudent person described in Proverbs.
Why do I prepare? Because my God asks me to be prudent and prepare in both my physical life and my spiritual life. I prepare for HIM.
Just as I prepare for the physical needs of my body and my family, so do I prepare for the spiritual realm of my Lord, Jesus Christ.