There is much talk about events that may or may not happen in the very near future. Many think that we might experience an economic collapse, a disturbance in the atmosphere that would cause a chaos, or some natural disaster. The threat of these things have caused many people to begin to prepare for it. They are storing up necessary items-- food, water, etc.--- to help them get through it.
There is nothing wrong with putting back a few things for difficult times. God told Noah to build an ark to provide safety for him and his family during the flood. God used Joseph to interrupt Pharaoh's dream concerning a famine that was coming and told him how to prepare for it by storing up grain in the years of plenty. Proverbs tells us to learn from the ant. She stores up her food in the summer to get her through the winter.
What I want to address this morning is two ways of preparing. One is physically as we have already talked about. The other is spiritually. Our spiritual preparation is more important. It is more important because this life is temporary. The body is going to die, whether you have a supply of food on hand or not. If you don't make preparation for your spiritual man, he will be lost for eternity. Also, even if you have all these provisions but you don't have peace that comes from having your spirit man prepared and living in a spiritually abundant life, what good is your storehouse of material provisions?
There is nothing wrong with putting back physical supplies for the uncertainty of the future. A wise man will do so. But don't work so hard at securing the things your physical man needs that you are neglecting the spiritual man. Bread and water will help sustain the body. But being spiritually prepared will sustain your entire being-- spirit, soul, body, emotions. Being prepared spiritually will get you through even if you aren't prepared physically and there is nothing to sustain you physically. It will sustain you when the food runs out, when the water is gone, when trials come, when the enemy is trying to kill you, when you are in hardships, difficulties, tribulations, and anything else that may come your way.
Have a great day. If you are preparing for disasters in the future, don't forget the most important preparation is to make sure your spirit is prepared.
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Coffee Break is a morning devotional written by Lorraine Ezell