Dear TLS Community,
I am a strong believer that our lives are shaped not by the things that go well, but by the things that may not go so well. It is then how we react to and recover from these problems that make us grow and ultimately appreciate the good things we do have.
The way Jesus ends his Sermon on the Mount with the following parable talks about this and is quite pertinent to the wild weather we have been having recently:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a man who built his house on rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on 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 the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
This parable is an authoritative and pointed application of the truths to be applied to our lives. It’s not about carpentry. He is talking about people and how we build our lives.
For some people, when they face a storm in life, it is as if they are the house that was built on rock. Others are like the house built on sand and will fall when the day the difficulty comes. We are all going to face struggle, disappointment and loss. It has been said there are only two kinds of people in the world: those that are going through a crisis and those that are going to go through a crisis. None of us is immune.
Living in the sunshine of life tells us little about our foundation. The storms that roll into our lives are what test us. It is these storms that reveal how firm a foundation we have built. Does the house of your life have a strong foundation? Are you prepared for when the tempests of daily life burst your way? Are you trusting in God’s wisdom and strength to prepare for those trying times? Is your focus on your present struggle or your future hope?
The best way to prepare for the inevitable trials we will all face is to build on the rock of Jesus Christ.
Adapted from the Sheridan Lutheran Church “Weathering the Storm” devotion.