God, the first Prepper

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Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

There are many decisions we have to make while we are here on this planet. Literally thousands. But out of all those decisions we think are so important:

Who we marry, if we marry.

Whether we have children……how many.

What school we attend, where we graduate, where we move, what we choose for our degree and life’s work.

How much money we have and how much stuff we pile around ourselves.

The ideas that shape how we think and what we believe about life and how we treat others.

Not to mention all those innumerable decisions that lie between all those bigger ones. The ones that begin to circle around in our brain and squawk for an answer almost the second we open our eyes in the morning.

None of those decisions really matter in the light of eternity. Not one.

The only decision that really matters in this life is what we decide about Jesus. Not only what we decide about Him, what we do about Him. You see, Jesus demands an answer. And the answer always involves an action. He asked Peter:

But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” As in:

Jesus Christ, the anointed one, the savior of mankind, the Son of the living God, and God himself. Apart from him no one can enter heaven or receive eternal life.

There is also a terrible default if you decide nothing: It’s a place Jesus talked about as real and believe me, you don’t want to go there.

The Bible is a roadmap that explains everything we need to know about living a successful life according to God, a guidebook for those preparing for eternity.

I guess you could say that God was the first “Prepper.” We hear a lot about Preppers these days. There is even a show called “Doomsday Preppers,” and if you Google the word Prepper, you will be amazed how many websites are out there. People are more consumed with the end of the world than ever. Apocalypse and Doomsday theories abound.

God has been preparing from the very beginning. He knew we would need saving even before we did and He has given us very clear instructions of how He wants us to prepare for the future. It’s the only Prepper manual we will ever need. Here are the facts:

God loves us. John 3:16

We are all sinners, every last one of us. Romans 3:23

Before we accept Christ, we are already dead in sin. Romans 6:23

Jesus died in our place and rose again on the third day so we can too. Romans 5:6

We can be saved by faith. Acts 16:31

God will never turn anyone away who calls on His name. Romans 10:13

Lastly and most importantly, there is no other name given by which we can be saved.  Acts 4:12

No one else ever conquered death like Jesus did. Not only that, right now He is preparing a place for us, a place so wonderful it defies description. I guess you could say that Jesus is a Prepper too.

I pray that in the quiet and not so quiet moments of your day today, you would meditate on God and how much He loves you. How He wants to be a part of every waking moment of your life. And if you never felt you mattered to your parents, your kids, or anyone. Know this today.

You matter to God. He loves you more than you know.

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:1-4

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