Friday, March 25, 2011

The Best Disaster Preparedness

The other day my wife was at the Orchard Supply Hardware store and happened to ask one of the associates if people had been purchasing earthquake emergency kits. He said 'yes,' and that they now had no disaster preparedness supplies in stock. While this may be evidence of the effect of Japan’s disaster, prudent Californians should have been preparing long before this, having been warned for the last 20 years of the probability of a huge earthquake along California’s famous San Andreas fault.

Similarly, wise Christians will not be shook off their spiritual foundations when crises happen. They will always be prepared. When a natural disaster strikes, it’s too late to get prepared; supplies will be limited and bought up by all the other unprepared people. In the parable of the ten virgins (Mat. 25), the ones who were prepared were called prudent; the unprepared, foolish. And while the foolish ones went to get prepared, the Bridegroom came and took the prudent ones into the Wedding, locking the door behind him. Likewise, when a spiritual crisis strikes, you don’t have time to build yourself up in prayer and faith. But those who have been with Jesus are always ready. Their hearts and minds are guarded by a peace that defies human comprehension (Phil. 4:7).

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof” (Psalm 46:1-3).

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