“Have a Disaster Plan.”
1. An actual statement in a real-life, but non-religious, setting.
2. Advice offered for understandable reasons.
a. Catastrophic events in nature
b. Upheaval within nations
c. A system unraveling
3. Instruction that gets our attention for spiritual reasons.
a. James 4:14
b. Ephesians 5:15, 16
c. Luke 12:40
4. A plan in either realm consists of the same elements.
1. “A small go-bag in case you need to leave the neighborhood.”
a. Luke 12:19-21
b. What to take along?
i. A good name (Prov. 22:1)
ii. Honorable relationships (Eph. 6:2)
iii. Faith and hope in God (1 Pet. 1:20, 21)
c. Matthew 6:19-21
2. “A way to receive communication from the outside world.”
a. Disaster reveals necessity of information from without oneself.
b. The Lord’s word and prayer
i. Good news that abides (1 Pet. 1:24, 25)
ii. That we may be competent (2 Tim. 3:15-17)
iii. Let him ask God (James 1:5)
c. Acts 20:32
3. “A meeting place in case your family is apart at the time.”
a. Rendezvous: to meet at an agreed time and place
b. A need God has recognized
i. At the entrance of the tent of meeting (Num. 10:3)
ii. When the church comes together (Heb. 10:25)
iii. With the Lord (1 Thes. 4:17)
c. Colossians 1:5
1. Not that we regard life as dominated by disasters, but that we live so as to be prepared for one.
2. Have what you need ready to go. Have a means of grasping reality. Have a place where separation can be ended.
3. “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.”