The Prepper community is alive and well in the States. In today’s unstable world, many people are choosing more and more to turn to self-reliance. The philosophy of self-sufficiency is a good thing and should absolutely be a part of your life in Japan.
Fact: God’s judgment will soon be coming to the whole world.
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. (Obadiah 1:4)
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, the wrath of God against this sinful generation can certainly not be escaped. Unfortunately, God’s people will also have to suffer through these times of trouble, but for those of us who are watching and preparing our hearts, minds, and pantries, we will not have to suffer needlessly.
Anyone who has started out “Prepping,” as they like to call it, will tell you that it takes a significant amount of time and effort to prepare the basic needs that you and your family need to survive a long period of social upheaval. The sheer toll this takes on you mentally can be enough to make a person go crazy. Can you imagine having to start this endeavor when there is no food, no money, and no second chances? One mistake and you’re dead. I, for one, would not like to be in that boat, especially when it can be avoided.
Prepping is absolutely not about hoarding. Prepping is 100% a way of life. Some of the most famous Preppers we can learn from in the Bible were the Rechabites. While everyone else in Jeremiah’s time was eating, drinking, and having a good time, these people abstained from all alcohol and lived in tents. In other words, they were always mentally ready for disaster to strike. When everybody else in Israel was mourning over the loss of their house, possessions, and family, this group was 3 steps ahead. This is the attitude that I have tried to adopt toward life here in Japan.
It can be frustrating preparing everything that you need for long term storage in Japan. There are not a whole lot of options out there and what you can find is often very expensive. Add to that the fact that Fukushima could blow up in our face any day or the massive threat of North Korea and you have a momentous task ahead of you. You should always prepare with the mindset that you just might have to leave the country at–literally–a moment’s notice, so don’t over-rely on your pantry.
You can start prepping today. Instead of going out and buying that liter of milk fresh, why don’t you get online and buy some milk powder? Instead of throwing out that shirt, why don’t you learn how to sew the button back on? Instead of going to that party, why don’t you take some time to pack a survival backpack and a suitcase too? Whatever you choose to do: don’t get too comfortable where you’re at. If you’ve got kids, make sure they’re mentally ready for the hard times ahead too. If you’ve got family in Japan, bother them about this topic. You won’t be popular at family get-togethers, but, trust me, it’s worth it.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. (Luke 12:37-38)