My heart goes out to the people on the East Coast who have lost their homes and most of what they own. We need to continue to pray that God will provide all their needs and that they will experience His love in a fresh, new way. One of the things that caused destruction was the widespread scattering of the sand. The sand infused cities several blocks from the shore and on the news we saw swimming pools completely filled with sand as well as homes with drifts of sand inside. So many people have been effected by the devastating forces of wind and water. Jesus gave us an analogy about different teachings and told us that what we build our beliefs on depends on how we will weather the storms in life. Please read Matthew 7:24-29.
Jesus tells us that anyone who listens and follows His teachings is like building a house on rock. When the house has a foundation set in rock, it will continue to stand when the storm comes. But, He warns that anyone who doesn't listen and sets their belief on any other teaching is like building a house on sand. There is nothing solid to anchor the home and when the winds and rain come, the house will be washed away. That really is a powerful analogy because He is basically telling us that the only way to weather the storms of life is to build our faith on Him.
These verses also remind us that life has storms. Yes, there is incredible beauty and wonderful things in this life; however, there are also storms. Storms happen whether or not we believe Christ, but what we stake our hope in is what determines how we survive the storms. The Bible tells us that the storms in life do not have to destroy us, in fact, when we are in Christ they will not destroy us. Paul reminds us of this truth in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT), "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." We are not crushed, abandoned, or destroyed because we have the power of the One and Only Living God working in us! So, as we live this life that has its storms we can be encouraged that for those in Christ there is protection.
Is your faith built on the rock of Christ?
This post is linked with Word Filled Wednesday.