Are You A Spiritual Doomsday Prepper?

Are you ready for when the grid goes down? Ready for a solar flare, World War III, a deadly epidemic, an asteroid impact or the collapse of society? Doomsday preppers want to be ready for anything. They want to be prepared for stores to close and food and water to be unavailable so they stockpile food, water and others supplies to last them for years if they need it. They have shelves and shelves of canned goods. They become experts in survival. If the economy crashes, they’ve got all their bases covered.

I’m the kind of person Doomsday Preppers roll their eyes at in disgust. I live really close to a grocery store, which encourages me to be even lazier than I am. If I don’t get everything on this trip I can just run back later. I don’t like storing things up. I like getting rid of things. For example I’d be happy to have no physical books at all. In fact I’ve gotten rid of almost all my books and have them in my Kindle account so I can access them on my iPad. My friend Tom, who doesn’t believe in using e-books, always tells me I’ll be sorry when the grid goes down. He’s right. When it happens I’ll call him – no wait – I won’t be able to call – I’ll somehow hike to his house since I won’t be able to drive – and beg him to borrow one of his books since mine will all be gone with the cloud.

The Bible doesn’t talk about prepping for the grid to go down, but it tells us we should be spiritually prepared. We should all expect to “meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2), to be “grieved” or distressed by “various trials” (1 Pe 1:6). We shouldn’t have an Eeyore-like “Well I guess my life’s just always going to be miserable” mentality for God promises to pour out his abundant goodness and steadfast love upon us, but we should also be ready for tough times in this fallen world. We should be prepared spiritually. Spiritual preppers. Like the author of Ps 119:

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. PS 119.11

Or as the NIV puts it:

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

We’ve got to store up God’s word in our hearts. Hide it away. That’s how we resist temptations to sin against God. When Satan comes with his lies – Hey, why don’t you do this? It’ll be fun. It’ll bring joy into your life. This will satisfy you. You’ll be like God. Nothing’s going to happen – we pull out God’s word and say That’s not true. I won’t be like God if I sin. I will experience some kind of death or consequences if I sin. God’s word says ‘flee temptation’ and ‘do not present the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness.’

The word of the Lord is ‘the sword of the Spirit’ and the foundation for all ‘the armor of God’ (Eph 6.14-17). The word of God is ‘the belt of truth’ and ‘the gospel of peace’. It is the word of God we believe when we ‘take up the shield of faith’ and the ‘helmet of salvation’ is the salvation taught by God’s word. We store up God’s word in our hearts by hearing it, reading it, memorizing it, meditating on it. By thinking about it and seeking to apply it to our lives. By doing it and obeying it day after day, little by little. Like Doomsday Preppers who prep every day, week after week, month after month. Jesus said,

If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. JN 8.31-32

To abide in Jesus’ word, means to continue in it, to go on in it. To keep doing it day after day. As we do this, we will know the truth and the more we know the truth the more it sets us free. Attending one Bible study won’t do it. Hearing God’s word once or twice won’t do it. It’s abiding that does it. Taking God’s word day after day. If you don’t already, make Bible intake a daily habit. It works best for me to do it first thing in the day – make my cup of coffee, then move to the den and get into God’s word. Find a good time and try to do it as regularly as you can. Begin with 10 or 15 minutes, but do it consistently. Eventually you’ll build Bible intake into your life as a habit. It’s the best habit you have.

I’d like to tell you your life is going to be easy from here on out and you’ll never go through another hard thing in your life. If I did I’d be lying to you. The way to be ready for tough times is to become a spiritual prepper and store up God’s word in your heart day after day. Now I’d suggest you print out a hard copy of this post because you never know – the grid might go down today. Just ask my friend Tom.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.