Prepared? A list of things that won’t help.

Prepared for what is coming?
Sure, it is the prudent thing to do.  From our next breakfast to the rent that is due it is nice to know you’re prepared.  So, we try our best to see the future and the things we might need.  Essentials are acquired and extras just in case we run out.  Add some of this and a little of that, we never know what the future might require.  Since we are speaking of that which lies ahead there seems to be a lot of uncertainty.  Perhaps everything will fall apart?
Some load up the pantry or gather silver and gold.  Prepared for the worst is the goal of those who see an economy crumbling.  The billionaire builds his bunker, but what can a poor man do?   Who will help when most are struggling to survive?   Well, I’ve got good news.
You don’t have to be prepared for that.
Even if chaos is around the corner it is not the thing to prepare for.  There is something more important that needs to be done.  First things first, there is no avoiding the fact that the “Chains of a Slave” are called “debt.”  Get out from under the burden, the heavy weight of debt.  Then you will have the freedom God desires for you.   He wants the best for our body as well as our spirit.  Our body is His temple and I can’t imagine that He wants it to be stressed carrying those chains.
Prepared for His coming?
You knew I was getting around to that.  Well, most are not prepared.  We who do believe look for signs of His coming.  But our sight can distract us from hearing the words of the apostle Paul. “But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
At a time least expected is the way that I read that verse.  Therefore; there is no time for sleeping, we need to be watching and praying as we await Christ’s return.  Waking up from slumber is the only way to be prepared for Jesus.

-Paul