Launching the Prudent Pantry!

Jars with various preserved food

We are launching the Prudent Pantry! The Prudent Pantry is going to be an ongoing section of our blog that talks about how to save enough food for your family and yet not be greedy. We will talk about everything from the possibility of inflation to what use is dry beans if you don’t want to eat them! Maybe even dabble a bit into gardening. If it affects how you can feed your family in a prudent way we are going to chat about it.

We are going to start by looking at what Christ said about storing away for future use.

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself ?’ 21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Is Christ telling us to not store up food and goods for our families for future use? No. He is pointing out this man’s foolishness. Notice the rich man’s actions and attitude.

Luke 12:21 “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

By cross referencing this scripture you get a clearer view of what God has in mind,

Ecclesiates 3:13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil–this is the gift of God.

This is repeated 4 times in Ecclesiates. We are encouraged to eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of our hard work. The rich man from Luke wanted to stop working after a large crop, You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.

How should the rich man have responded to the blessing of a large crop? He should have given his first fruits to the Lord.

Proverbs 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Then filled his EXISTING barns like normal. If he had food left over it would be time to be charitable in the name of the Lord. Telling his workers the Lord has blessed us by giving us such a large crop could make a great and Godly impact on their lives. Instead he had an unwillingness to work. He chose not to be charitable, and he chose to boast of himself. He fell to the sin of greed.

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Trusting in the Lord and working with what he gives us each day we will build our Prudent Pantry together!

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