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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:07 PM

Fear vs Preperation

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:07 PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:07 PM

On one Sunday Pastor Steve talked a bit about how he didn't take Y2K seriously (I didn't either as I work in the Telecom sector and knew the work that had taken place in advance to make sure nothing did happen). I do agree that at times there can be a lot of fear mongering over various events or proposed events and that nothing and no amount of material preparations will save you when the second coming arrives. However, there are a great deal of things that can and do happen that I believe it is prudent to plan/prepare for. There are plenty of man made and natural disasters that can and do take place and I believe that it is our duty to our families to take steps to prepare against those things. I do not want my family at the mercy of some bureaucrat or to be standing on a bridge waiting for help when I could have just planned a bit and laid back supplies, materials and made plans for their needs instead of relying on friends, neighbors or especially the government to provide for us. True there are times you must rely on the generosity of others, but should I not heed the Word: "The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." Proverbs 27:12. Am I wrong? Should I just have faith that God will provide? Is my faith weak?

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First of all, it is important to distinguish between y2k and natural disasters. Many of us know, firsthand, the devastation that can be caused through natural disasters. Planning to protect you and your loved ones against them is a wise thing to do. Also, there is a difference between fear and preparation. The reason was singled out the "y2k" scare is that it was totally unfounded. We should always prepare ourselves to be able to respond to circumstances, but we can't allow situations in life to cause us to live in fear.

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