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“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is” Deut.10:14
Ultimately, God wants His children to be spiritually and physically prepared for natural and non-natural disasters that will occur in the end times. Being spiritually prepared is relying on God as our protector and restorer in the times of natural disaster, and trusting with full assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Matthew 6:34 states, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God knows all that we need in times of trouble and He bids us to do one thing which is to trust in His promises. God tells us in Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” To watch is an action word which means to “to keep awake, especially for a purpose”. We have to keep awake in this world so that we do not fall asleep to its temporal pleasures. As we watch with a purpose of the signs of prophecy and world events that God warns us of in His word, we must pray that He helps us to be vigilant, undistracted, and steadfast in faith so that we are not overpowered with fear or doubt.
Physical preparation can be viewed in two ways. Preparing for our physical temples (the body), and to put in proper position our living environment for any natural disaster that may occur. When pertaining to our bodies as physical temples, we must take into account that there will be a short supply of food and water due to destruction. One example that God gives us to prepare for such cases is found in the story of Joseph. Joseph was warned and commanded by God to prepare for an extended drought of seven years that the Egyptians would have to endure by storing an immense amount of food (Gen.41). God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because He most likely will provide us with the thought of how to take action in preparing for our physical temples when disaster occurs in the end times.
Now how are we to prepare for our physical domains for natural disasters? One of the very first examples that God gives to us is found in the story of “Noah and the Ark”. God told Noah to prepare for the storm that would take place by building an ark (Gen 6). Just as those who where outside of the ark perished, had Noah disobeyed God’s command, he and his family would have suffered death. Furthermore, depending on where one inhabits, he or she must be prepared for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and any other natural disaster that may cause serious physical damage to property and shelter. However, we can never be more secure with knowing if these disasters do occur, our tangible foundation may be destroyed but our spiritual foundation in Jesus will always help us remember God’s power to restore all things. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matt 7:24). With God we can have full assurance that He will not only protect us during disastrous times, but that He will supply us with all of our needs and more. Trusting in Him is the first step in this assurance policy!
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–The Holy Trinity saw fit for us to exist. We were created in His image and yet through sin have become deformed and unrecognizable. For generations, we have engaged in acts that have only brought pain to ourselves and our families–tears to our Creator.
We were saved through His broken body and blood shed on the cross at Calvary. Yet, thousands of years later, we are still awaiting His second coming. Why? Lack of teamwork.
As Christians, or followers of Christ, we ought to live by His example. Sadly, we have proven ourselves to be disobedient children who have chosen to pave our own paths right into doom, failure, distress, sin, and ultimately death.
If you look throughout the pages of the bible, you will see how teamwork played a vital role in the many stories that are recounted. We read about how Noah and his family built an ark that saved them as God sent a flood on earth. We read about Joseph and his many brothers who survived a great famine. Lastly, we read about Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. Teamwork–the ministry of God cannot survive without it and yet we all want to be leaders, not followers. Christian denominations are fighting for the top spot instead of saving souls for the eternal kingdom. Baptists? Pentecostals? Catholics? Evangelists? Episcopalians? Adventists? Who cares? If Christ is not at the center of it all, then you’re doomed before you even began.
Everyone wants to be a pastor to lead their own flock, but no one wants to be an elder or worship leader. Everyone wants to be on television, “evangelizing,” but how many of you truly have a relationship with Him? Everyone wants to have a mega church, but lack the ability to engage their brethren as Christ did.
Instead, we are so concerned about our own selfish needs and neglect the needs of our brothers and sisters standing right beside us.
Where have we gone wrong? What have we missed? How could our own selfish desires blind us from what we were called to do? It is time that we unite.
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [Romans 12:5 KJV]
We must learn to support one another. We cannot stand idly by as those around us struggle with their burdens. Christ always looked for ways to lighten our burdens, lessen our trials and tribulations. Why can’t we do the same for our brethren? Offer words of encouragement and support even if it isn’t asked. We are all one body working towards the same goal–eternal life.
Kristia M. Beaubrun
“Timmy, where’s your brother?,” said Mrs. Peters.
“I don’t know. He went over there somewhere,” he responded while pointing to the open field on the right.
“Timmy, I asked you to keep an eye on your younger brother if you were going to play outside,” said Mrs. Peters with a hint of worry in her voice. “I can’t believe you let him wonder out there on his own. I am very disappointed in you. Now go back into the house while I go search for Tommy.”
Throughout the bible, we are given examples for familial relationships from Adam and Eve to Mary and Joseph . We have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Families that have walked together in faith like Noah’s. Families that killed like Adam’s, full of jealousy and envy like Joseph’s, or lust like David’s.
We have read about the lives of these parents, spouses and siblings. Some were happy endings while others ended in tragedy. Their lives are our lessons and yet throughout humanity, there are evidences of how we still don’t get it. We are still in remedial class though all of the answers to our questions have already been given to us in the Word of God.
As Christians, we have been charged with the great responsibility of being our brother and (sister)’s keeper. Remember the story of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve bore two sons, Cain then Abel. Cain was a tiller of the ground while Abel was a keeper of sheep. Both brought offerings unto the Lord but God only accepted one of the two. Cain killed Abel because God chose Abel’s offering over his. Read the story in Genesis 4 . “And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel they brother? And he said, I know not; Am I my brother’s keeper?” Why would God ask Cain for Abel when He had foreseen the first crime? God is omniscient. He knows and sees everything. He doesn’t need to ask what happened, but gives you an opportunity to confess to Him.
Throughout the bible, we see the word, “keeper.”A keeper is someone who is a guardian or protector. David, the son of Jesse, was a keeper of sheep. He protected them from any harm that would present itself in the wildness, such as lions.
Jesus is our keeper [Psalm 121:5 KJV] but He has enlisted us to also look after one another. Don’t be mistaken. Jesus is more than able to handle this task, however, being a Christian or follower of Christ is all about self-accountability and accountability for others.
God is holding us accountable for our family AND friends. Most of us would rather focus on our own families rather than our global family. Aren’t we all related through God, our Creator? “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” [Genesis 1:27 KJV] You are responsible for every man, woman, and child regardless of your familial relation.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16 KJV] Does it say anywhere that the Son died for one and not the other? No! It says “whosoever believeth” not if you’re related to me or share the same ethnicity.
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:12, 13 KJV]
We can rest assured knowing that God is our keeper for He “shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul” [Psalm 121:7 KJV] without discrimination.
Thanks for reading, share this with others, and God bless!
Author: Kristia M. Beaubrun