Dealing with Storms
It’s not about what you’ve been dealt in life, it’s how you deal with it…
Matthew 7:24-27New King James Version (NKJV)
Build on the Rock
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The rain will come and the floods will rise.
Sometimes life hits us like a violent storm. Things happen to us out of our control: Divorce, Death, Loss of a friendship, Failure, Fear, Disappointing circumstances, Unexpected temptation
What does our foundation look like?
Maybe it’s starting to rot, or is in danger of being destroyed. Our foundation in this life must be firm and built properly. The builder of our foundation should be Christ and His Word. Scripture tells us to build our house upon the rock.
The Rock: The Rock is Jesus and having a personal relationship with Jesus as well as knowing God’s Word: build your life on the Word of God! The Word of God should bring about TRANSFORMATION in our lives that will strengthen our foundations to withstand the strongest of winds. The transforming Word of God is so powerful that it should dictate how we live our lives, wanting to serve Him even in the devastations that come our way in this life.
The problem comes when we don’t build our lives on the firm foundation or the Rock which is Jesus. Scripture tells us that our foundations are resting on nothing but sand when we don’t choose to follow Christ and His instruction. When we abandoned Christ and follow culture, it’s a perfect storm for disaster to strike. Our culture is nothing but shifting sands, a place where people are constantly trying to find peace and contentment but instead find emptiness. The sand will fail and we will be left without a foundation or a house.
Sometimes our temptation may be to make Jesus an “option” among many other options offered to us. He is not just an option: He is our Hope, our Anchor in life…. He is the bridge that safely leads us over the destructive waters of our messed up situations into eternal salvation. He provides PEACE in the storm, when the angry waves relentlessly beat against us, He is the strong foundation, always holding steady. Without shelter from the storms of this life. If we want safety and stability we must know God’s Word and be obedient to it.
We have a choice,
We can build the foundation of our house on the sand OR
We can build the foundation of our house on the ROCK: JESUS
Read his Word – it’s not going to magically get in your brain…Read it, think about it, get to know the people of the Bible… imagine what it would have been like if you were there… journal your thoughts, prayers, etc…
Don’t just read it…
2. Do it! Once you gain the knowledge of God’s Word…. do your best to live it out… do your best to be obedient to His commandments… celebrate His Words… Worship Him with all your heart… Love others… Be the person who Jesus wants you to be…
When you fail…Return to HIM… Keep going…
God does not stand at a distance while His people suffer and struggle through the storm. His amazing grace surrounds us like a lifeboat bringing us safely to shore and into His arms.