Alarmist or Common Sense?

After I wrote “Emergency Preparedness for Americans”, I heard from a few people via imagesemail and a few here on this blog.  Each one agreed–we do need to consider preparing ourselves for possible disaster.  Most readers remained silent.  And I don’t blame you.  You’re probably still trying to figure out if Hope’s being an alarmist here or what.  One thing is for sure–ready or not HERE HE COMES!  And we are honored to be the generation that lifts up the cross in the last days!

But prepare for possible disaster?  What does that mean?  I will admit that my first reaction to the suggestion to prepare now for possible disaster was, “Yeah, right.  Prepare–just like we prepared for Y2K in 1999.”

Do you remember all the books, articles, emails, and news casts that flew around us in 1999?  For those of you too young to remember, let me review history a bit–a very simplified history in my telling.  The premise was that all computers built up until 1999 were set to the 1900’s number and they were not equipped to turn over to the date 2000. If the date didn’t turn over, all files would be lost.  Banks and business were frantically buying up new computers or software to make sure their systems didn’t crash on January 1, 2000.   Some people shrugged their shoulders and said it didn’t matter.  Others panicked.

What I do not want to do is suggest panic!  In fact, I am not predicting disaster, I’m just saying it is wise to be ready just in case.  How?  I’ll talk about that in a future blog.

Because we need God’s peace, wisdom, and counsel so desperately in these last days, I want to close this blog with the words of Jesus Christ, words he asked us to remember:

Matthew 16    Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?

Matthew 24      The followers came to Him (Jesus) when He was alone and said, “Tell us, BibleimagesCAISJ097when will this happen? What can we look for to show us of Your coming and of the end of the world?”

Jesus said to them, “Be careful that no one leads you the wrong way. Many people will come using My name. They will say, ‘I am Christ.’ They will fool many people and will turn them to the wrong way. You will hear of wars and lots of talk about wars, BUT DO NOT BE AFRAID. These things must happen, but it is not the end yet. Nations will have wars with other nations. Countries will fight against countries. There will be no food for people. The earth will shake and break apart in different places. These things are the beginning of sorrows and pains.

(I guess Jesus sounded like a bit of an alarmist here, but he really wants us to discern our times on his calendar even MORE than we watch the weather!  But thank God for His comfort!) 

John 14  

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Have you asked God if He wants you and your family to prepare right now for the days ahead?  Remember, we will not just survive the days ahead, we will THRIVE and we will GIVE and we will LOVE while others panic.  But the key is to prepare now. Will you pray about it?


About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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5 Responses to Alarmist or Common Sense?

  1. Janice Baker says:

    Dear Hope, You are “right on” the mark. Thanks, Janice


  2. Larry Who says:

    “…But the key is to prepare now. Will you pray about it?”

    This sounds like good advice. Thanks.


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  4. David says:

    Do I think you’re alarmist? No. Today there’s many reasons to be prepared for emergencies. Some, although not too likely but more likely than people realize, such as the Yellowstone supervolcano erupting, can’t be prepared for—you’d have to know when it’s going to blow so you can flee to the other side of the Mississippi. Others, such as a terrorist attack, are all too likely sometime in the future. I hadn’t responded because I must admit that I’m not prepared even though I know I should have some resources set aside for an emergency.


    • David, I so appreciate your honesty. Even if you disagreed with me (which it sounds like you don’t), at least we’re providing a platform here to talk about it–which is SO much better than putting our heads in the sand and hoping it goes away. If we consider that the Boston Marathon bombing and the Fort Hood massacre and other similar events were thought to originate from terrorists, then we are actually already in the throes of needing to prepare. I know this is how Janice feels, too. I think it’s better to dialogue and consider preparation than to ignore it. THANK YOU for jumping in!


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