Stable in the Storm
“Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.” -Helen Keller
I returned yesterday from a wonderful trip to Spain speaking at their CCI national conference. The theme was, “Who Calms the Storm?” The following is a summary excerpt from one of my talks.
On a sunny day, two men began building their houses. One built his quickly and cheaply – but it looked good. The other man built his thoughtfully and paid dearly for a well-designed and well-constructed home. His looked much like the first man’s.
Not all days are sunny. Storm clouds gathered, the wind blew, the rain fell, and flood water rose. You know the story – the storm demolished the cheaply and quickly built house. The one that was built with caution and care had a firm foundation and withstood the storm.
Jesus said, “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)
The difference between the life that withstands the storm and the one that is demolished is the application of God’s Word. Doing what God commands is not always easy and at times costs us dearly. But our strategy in the sunshine determines our stability in the storm.
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