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Originally posted at Christian Post January 29, 2016.
My family and I were surprised by the scope of the blizzard that affected much of the country, including us, which makes me wonder if there are more things we should be doing to get ready for emergencies like this. What does the Bible have to say about preparing for disasters? I doubt this is the last one I'll see!
Storms like the one that shut down the federal government for days are a great reminder that being prepared for disaster means getting ready for every thing from the next “Snowmageddon” to being ready to face the loss of your job. While talk radio hosts have joked that the lobbyists for cows and chickens have conditioned us to run for eggs and milk at the first sign of a snowflake, not every emergency can be addressed with a run to the grocery store.
In Genesis 41, you can read about how God gave Joseph the interpretation for a dream that was troubling Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. The dream foretold of a 7-year famine that was going to follow 7 prosperous years. Joseph advised that 20 percent of the country’s resources should be saved during the good years for tough times. That’s still good advice. In fact, I wrote a book about preparing to survive and even thrive in a difficult economy, called The S.A.L.T. Plan, to provide concrete tools to be ready based on Biblical truths.
The S.A.L.T. Plan follows the themes: Save, Asset Allocation, Liquidity, Truth, walking through strategies to be ready for emergencies.
First, eliminate all consumer debt, applying half of surplus income to debt and half toward a savings fund. One of the best ways to be ready for hard times is to have resources ready. That includes having food and supplies stored on hand. This is more easily accomplished if you have a good budget, and there are tools that can help.