People seem sure that this is in fact, the year the world will end. I watched several people hoarding food supplies and preparing for their survival, on Fox News this morning. On who's authority does this come? It is a lie. We simply do not know...."when."
If you really think about it, you will understand just how foolish it is. Those of you who have watched the television show "hoarding" know that it is thought a sickness to accumulate more than you actually need. We are reminded of a warning that comes to Wealthy Christians: (1Timothy 6:17-19)"Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share. Storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."
You may recall the story about the man who built more barns to store the abundance of his crops and his goods, thinking he could take his ease and be merry. The answer is clear. Given to us in (Luke 12:20), "But God said to him, 'Fool! this night your soul will be required of you: then whose will those things be which you have provided?' (21). "So is he who lays up treasurers for himself, and is not rich toward God."
To those who think they can self-sustain for even two years, I ask you to think about how long will you be able to keep the crowds back? Realize that this action is foolish.
It is time to think about what is really important. (Luke 12:22-23)In this passage we read: "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. (23) "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing."
The end comes when God says so, not man. We should always be spiritually ready to meet Him with gladness.(Hebrews 13:5) "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
In the end, I hope you will place your "trust" in Him. (Scriptual references taken from: The Orthodox Study Bible)...
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