Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and [a]acts on them, [b]may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the [c]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not [d]act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the [e]floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
The weekend was filled with storms.
Rain…hail…heavy wind; Friends share of trees being uprooted, heavy rain falling, hailstones the size of quarters.
As soon as they had arrived, the storms dissipated and bringing with them, a reminder how the storms in our lives, though they can feel powerful enough to knock us off our feet, are brief and will soon pass.
Despite what had happen, shared among the reports of what damage the storm had done, the flooding that was briefly experienced, lots of trees uprooted, among it all was praise and gratitude to God.
A reason to pause.
When we focus on the storms, and they are going to be there in our lives, are we able to bear testament to the role that Christ plays in our lives, or will we….”14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will [a]prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you [b]appear as[c]lights in the world, 16 holding [d]fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.” Phillippians 2:14-18 NASB
It’s human to err, to slip, to have our bad days or let the worse get to us, but as Christians, we are called to be overcomers and not use that as an excuse, but strive to be better, to learn, to tweak what is wrong and in endurance, again, overcome. (“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” 1 John 5:4 ESV).
Life won’t be easy and the storms will come, but look to God, let Him be the foundation and not the storms that will pass as quickly as they come.
How about you, what have you face and done to overcome the storms in your life?