Frequently Stan and I are asked "Why do I need to prepare? God will provide," often citing Matthew 6:25. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
If we look at scripture above beginning with verse 20, we see God is instructing us how to prioritize our life. We are to focus on Him first and not "worship mammon" (money) through accumulation of "treasures" and worldly goods. It doesn't say anything about not preparing in the face of danger.
Genesis illustrates this point well.
Genesis 41 (KJV) or Genesis 41 (NIV) recount the story of Pharaoh's dream of a seven year famine in Egypt. The dream shows him seven ugly, scrawny cows eating seven healthy, fat cows. Despite this, the scrawny cows remain ugly. Following this, Pharaoh dreams of seven heads of grain growing on a single stalk. These thin, withered, scorched heads sprout and swallow up the healthy grain. Pharaoh is stumped to understand these warnings and calls on Joseph to interpret them.
Joseph explains about the coming terrible times. Pharaoh is told there will be seven years of great abundance in Egypt followed by seven years of horrific famine. Joseph shares that God showed him the famine in two illustrations (the cows and the grain), because this event is cast in stone. It will occur.
Joseph counsels Pharaoh to find a wise man and put him in charge of Egypt. Pharaoh heeds the warning and asks his officials if they know of any man filled with the Spirit of God for this job.
Pharaoh asks Joseph to take on this huge task and promises Joseph he'll be his second-in-command for all Egypt. Because Joseph prepared for this coming famine, he was able to save the entire house of Israel ensuring the birth of Christ the Messiah.
Rev. 12:6 indicates that during Tribulation even though horrendous events will take place, the Lord will send His people on Earth at that time to a place of protection and provide for their needs.
However, between now and Tribulation, we are to take personal responsibility as illustrated by this anecdote from Dare To Prepare.
WHY SHOULD WE PREPARE?
When Tom heard the emergency advisory on TV warning of the coming flood, he shrugged it off. "I'm staying put--God will provide!"
When the cop cars drove through the neighborhood urging evacuation over loudspeakers, he thought, "Yep, God'll provide," and stayed put.
When the water was two feet high, the National Guard ordered Tom out but he wouldn't budge. Water covered everything Tom could see including the first floor of his home. He leaned out of a second story window and waved off the rescue boat.
He felt safe; "God would provide".
He ignored the helicopter as he clung to the chimney. The house floated down-river yet Tom shouted into the wind, "Go away; I trust in God's Providence!"
After drowning, Tom stood before the Lord bitter and angry. God let him die despite trusting in Him and demanded an explanation.
God replied, "Tom, I did help you. I spoke to you through the announcer and police. Who do you think sent the warnings, the truck, boat and helicopter?"
It's not a matter of not trusting God. Instead of being a victim, it is choosing to take an active part in your survival. It is digesting information we have available and making the best possible choices. It is doing the best we can with what we have. It is not waiting for our governments to bail us out of the next disaster. They may not be able to do so. It means taking personal responsibility. It IS daring to prepare!"