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But God said to him, “You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be, which you have provided?” – Luke 12:20

A young man carefully prepared for his dream trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He had waited a long time to get his permit which had placed the timing of his adventure in the winter, which meant there would not be any other rafters. He was delighted he would have the river all to himself and the solitude he desired.

His raft was carefully loaded with everything he would need to sustain him. As long as he was not separated from his raft and the abundance of supplies it contained, he would succeed.

The first part of his trip was successful, and he was nearing the completion of his route when an accident in one of the rapids sent him tumbling off his raft and into the river. He watched helplessly as he clung to a rock on the shore as his raft and all of his supplies floated off in the current without him. He was left with nothing to sustain him in the increasing cold except some matches and a small knife. He was at the brink of death from starvation and hypothermia when he was finally rescued by helicopter.

There are many today who are busily prepping for a future journey into the unknown. They are filling their houses and bunkers with provisions and weapons. While it is a good thing to be prepared materially for any potential disaster; like that hapless rafter, any unseen event could remove those provisions and leave those preppers faced with death.

Jesus gave us a parable about a prepper who was suddenly faced with the removal of his soul from all those provisions that had no ability to provide for the man’s eternity. There is only one provision that everyone must have to ensure their soul’s survival, and that is faith in the Messiah Jesus, his death and resurrection from the dead. Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is the prepper’s must have because there will be a time in everyone’s journey through this life when everything that we cling to for our survival materially will be removed. All we will have to rescue us from death will be faith in the One who came to instigate the greatest rescue mission of all time.

When we are facing death, we can confront it unafraid and grateful for the provision God has made for our rescue through His Son, the Messiah Jesus.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

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