Weathering the Storms. Matt 7:24
Kim and I were meditating and reflecting on Jesus’s parable of the House Upon the Rock from Matt 7:24-27. I’ll quote it here just so we’re on the same page:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
This story reminds me of one of the best and greatest things about being a Christian. Namely, that we have something solid to put our feet on. Sure, it’s comforting to know that I won’t go to hell for my sins. It’s comforting to know that I get to spend eternity with my Lord and Savior. But it’s also nice to have something on which to base my life, here and now. Some people call Christianity a crutch. I call it a FOUNDATION. And, really, don’t we all need a foundation? The fact of the matter is that we all have storms in life. We get faced with things at work, temptations, difficult decisions. Crisis’s at home. Sickness. Loss of a loved one or friend. These things have a way of rocking our world, and if we’re not careful we can get irrevocably capsized by them.
Some people call Christianity a crutch. I call it a FOUNDATION.
For me having Christ in my life is my grounding. He is my ‘foundation’. When faced with difficult decisions, or unsure of the path ahead, or how to respond to such and such I see in the news. . . I know I can always go back to the Word of God, the Bible, and get a bearing on what is right. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
We live in a confusing world. It offers us so many choices, and so many conflicting belief systems. I for one choose to believe the God of the Bible. He has never let me down, and I know that His word will never change and always be true and right for me in whatever situation I’m in. Planting my two feet firmly on Him I know I’ll be able to weather any storm this life has to throw at me. Amen!
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