The grocer does not sell electricity, the plumber does not offer clothing for sale, the person that sells automobiles does not generally repair sidewalks, we all have a place and a service to offer, but not all of those services are what could be called necessary for the continuation of life.
I do not mean here the conveniences of life, for the person who lives many miles from where they are employed could debate on the necessity of an automobile, or at least some form of transportation to arrive at where he needs to be five or six days a week to earn the money to purchase all those other so-called necessities, which in fact in most cases are no more than wants.
Food, clothing and shelter, with these things we are to be content. (1 Tim. 6:8) Do we need each other in this area? Not if you can grow your own food, make your own clothes, and have suitable shelter, but most cannot. There are many who believe themselves to be independent, mostly because they have financial wherewithal. “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” (Prov. 11:4)
There are those who have laid up storehouses for themselves, food, water, much of what they believe will keep them alive for many years to come. “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” (Luke 12:20)
There are preppers, hoarders, survivalists who believe themselves to need no one, all will be shown that “man shall not live by bread alone.” (Matt. 4:4) It does not take a wise man to foresee what is coming, but it does take a wise man to see the hand of God in it.
The wise man prepares, “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Matt. 24:43) But he does not over prepare, so to speak, no one who serves Christ has twenty-fives years’ worth of goods stored away someplace, for if nothing else, he realizes that in the first place he will not be here when the tribulation period begins, and he would dare not become the man who built the many barns mentioned in Luke 12:15-21, this man also understands Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” But he is wise enough to understand that we are to prepare for these days of adversity and not leave the cupboards bare, as it were, thinking that the Lord will just drop food and water from the sky as He did for those who walked in the wilderness for forty years.
It is a fine balance, for one path leans on the Lord without using the wisdom that He imparts in whatever measure he deems fit to each of His children, and the other path that turns one into a person prepared to live in their basement for the next thirty years. The wisest of them though will contemplate this truth, that his life will come to an end, that he will give an account to God, (Heb. 14:12) and that account will not include how well he planned for the future, but how well he served in the present.
The days are indeed evil, this much is clear to all those who have been blessed with eyes to see and ears to hear, but how long these days will last before we are called home, no man can say. You may as well attempt to guess the moment of your death, so we should be prepared at every moment, not for only the needs of the flesh, but for that moment of accounting that we will all give.
I will repeat myself, what is coming cannot be stopped, and we can only prepare so much for it. Take the time to make sure that you have all the provisions that the Lord has led you to store, the same as Joseph did for the land of Egypt, which if you will recall, was the same amount of time as the tribulation period will be for those who will be left behind, seven years, but spend more time serving Him well, in wisdom, and for that time that you will stand before Him, to give your account.