When I was a kid, I was always scared to death of tornadoes. I guess I watched “The Wizard of Oz” one too many times! My fear wasn’t of the storm itself, but of being in some unstable place when the storm hit. Nobody wants to be sitting in a treehouse when a twister or hurricane blows into town.
This need to be someplace secure during a storm seems to be one of the most universal human needs.Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended his most famous sermon (The Sermon on the Mount) with a simple but powerful illustration about how to build a life that will stand the storms of life. I’ve put the Scripture below with some points in bold to help you apply the lessons to building a foundation that will weather any storm.
“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.” Matthew 7:24
God’s Word must be the Foundation of our lives.
“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.” Matthew 7:25
When storms hit, the right foundation makes all the difference.
“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.” Matthew 7:26
“Foolishness” isn’t a lack of intelligence, but rather a lack of obedience. Choose Wisdom. (Read the Book of Proverbs in the Bible for a great description of Wisdom and Foolishness)
“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:27
Storms are inevitable, but destruction is optional. Trusting Jesus makes all the difference.