Resilience

Resilience – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness.” Oxford Languages

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were listening to a man who had been on the History Channel’s Alone series. He had made it 43 days alone out in the forests of British Columbia. He talked about how he made it and he stressed that most of all, it depended on a person’s mental outlook. He said that resilience was the most important quality a person could have in that kind of a difficult situation.

He also talked about how he had planned what he was going to do when he was dropped off in the woods alone. Then came the shock after he was dropped off. Nothing was like he thought it would be. That’s when the resilience kicked in. He had to get over his shock and quickly adapt to his surroundings.

I thought about what he said a lot. I thought about many believers who are convinced that there will be a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. I have been in groups where people are talking about what might happen in the future and they say, “I don’t have to worry about anything, I won’t be here.” They are so convinced that they have a handle on what their future will be like that they won’t entertain any other possibilities.

To quote Joel Richardson, “I find that to be a problem pastorally.” If perhaps the Rapture doesn’t happen at the time they think it will, what will they do? Will they be in shock and have a difficult time adjusting to their new reality? Will they think they have been duped by the teachers that have taught them this theory without giving them the caveat that perhaps it could happen a different way?

I have been concerned about this for a long time. No one knows the day or hour of Christ’s return for His church. We should all be ready at any time. But we must not be so foolish to think that we may never go through any difficulty or persecution before He comes back. Only those in the American church are so cavalier as to believe such nonsense. When you speak to Christians in other countries, especially those in the 10/40 window, they are concerned about sharing the gospel and living for Christ today. They already face persecution and many difficulties unlike we in the west do. Let us not live with a false sense of security. We need to be resilient and tough regarding the future for no one knows for sure when the Rapture will take place.

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11 thoughts on “Resilience

  1. A very good point you make Valerie. Rather than get caught up in shock, let’s prepare our hearts and minds that if we do undergo such times may it be something that we can persevere through.

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    • A very recent word during our prayer time.
      Prepare….Stand…Gather in….Look up!

      #1 God’s word daily! He will guide us.

      Find the nearest water source to you. Rain barrel? A local creek? Some bottles of distilled water just in case?

      Many years ago I purchased a Katadyn water filter used by mil. It can purify 25000 gallons of water. There are how to you tubes to purify water also.

      Hormel products use a process where their food lasts way past the dated cans. (Even years)
      Rice and beans make a complete protein…Something to flavor the rice maybe.

      Look up recipes for hard tack…it lasts forever.
      Hurricane lamps with oil that burns clean…LED flashlights…Votive candles.
      Drstellamd.com recently on a interview said prep for three months…Others have said a few weeks.
      Living in Florida for over two decades a little prep is always at the top of the list!

      Shalom!
      Gail

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    • A very recent word during our prayer time.
      Prepare….Stand…Gather in….Look up!

      #1 God’s word daily! He will guide us.

      Find the nearest water source to you. Rain barrel? A local creek? Some bottles of distilled water just in case?

      Many years ago I purchased a Katadyn water filter used by mil. It can purify 25000 gallons of water. There are how to you tubes to purify water also.

      Hormel products use a process where their food lasts way past the dated cans. (Even years)
      Rice and beans make a complete protein…Something to flavor the rice maybe.

      Look up recipes for hard tack…it lasts forever.
      Hurricane lamps with oil that burns clean…LED flashlights…Votive candles.
      Drstellamd.com recently on a interview said prep for three months…Others have said a few weeks.
      Living in Florida for over two decades a little prep is always at the top of the list!

      Shalom!
      Gail

      .

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  2. That’s why this is my go to verse. That is why I do not fear bad news, or live in dread of what may happen. For I am settled in my mind that God will take care of me. (Ps. 112:7 [TLB]) Great post reminding us of this fact!

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  3. Well said, Valerie. Personally, I would love For the Pretrib Rapture to be true. And I hope it is. But it’s not what I see in the Bible and it’s not even what I see in our present reality. In his mercy God is giving us time to prepare mentally and spiritually for what’s coming. Thanks so much for the reminder to get and stay prepared, come what may.

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