In regards to the time in which “no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark…of the beast” (Rev 13:17), many have said that they have nothing to worry about, God will provide. This is a statement that I am in agreement with to an extent. In fact the Lord tells us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” and He will provide everything we need (Mt 6:33). Should we put aside reason and presume that the Lord will do even our part of preparation?
People in the world are noticing the changes taking place and are aware of the impending dangers coming upon humanity, these people are generally referred to as doomsday preppers. “Preppers see themselves as prudent, sensible ants in a world of feckless grasshoppers, even while they recognize that others consider them paranoid conspiracy theorists and doomsday prophets.” (1) “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Lk 16:8). If there is danger in the horizon shall we walk blindly into it?
On the other hand, although there is a work of preparation, the physical preparation can take us only so far. Getting a piece of land in a rural area where we can cooperate with God and grow our own food. We must also make a spiritual preparation, a Christ like character, which is a part of the work in the country that we need to remember. There will be a time when we will have to rely solely on providence and leave even our country home, “He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure” (Is 33:16).
Those who are not thoroughly converted will believe that it is enough to leave the city and have a food supply or presumptuously leave the work entrusted to them for God to do. The world is not able to make sense of trusting in God and leaning not on their understanding. In Norway a Global Seed Vault was created in 2008, “designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever.” It was stated by the operator of the Seed Vault “We are doing this for the world…This is supposed to last for eternity.” (2) His statement goes against scripture which tells us “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Pt 4:7).
This reminds me of the rebellion that took place after the flood when the people made a tower in defiance of God thinking that they could preserve themselves without God. Today the people of Norway have put away seeds thinking they can have this means to preserve them for eternity. “But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.” (3) Just like in history man was not able to complete the tower that would preserve them so today we cannot trust alone in our ability to cultivate the ground.
It is reasonable to grow your own food and even prepare for the little time of crisis before us. It is also prudent that we have a place away from the city where we can sow seeds for the harvest. But we must not forget that it is the Lord that brings the increase. The Lord reminds us “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4) There will be a time that we have to lean solely on the Lord to supply our needs so we must remember this while we are growing our food we are sowing seeds by faith.