Susanne and I are about to experience our first Hurricane. We have followed the advice of friends and neighbors. We have our hurricane preparedness box: flashlights, batteries, water, hand-crank radio, power packs for our electronics, non-perishable food, and other necessities. I have lived in different parts of the country, and every area has weather situations. Tornadoes happen quickly with significant damage and little warning. Blizzards can bring most everything to a standstill. So later this week, we will experience our first hurricane since moving to southwest Florida.
As I have been thinking about getting ready for the storm, I have been reminded of Jesus’ words as He concluded the Sermon on the mount:
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
Jesus’ warning to the listeners that day have much application for each of us:
- Everyone Jesus said who he was speaking to Everyone.
- Choice Hearing and doing or hearing and not doing. The choice is yours!
- Building All of us are building something. We are building our life. We are building something regardless of where we live, go, and what we do vocationally. We build our lives well if we hear His Words and put them into practice.
- Foundations The foundation is essential. Below and underneath every building is a foundation. Just because we cannot see it does not mean it is not there. A poor foundation will be the undoing regardless of how beautiful and popular the building is; we must take care of how we build the foundation.
A storm is a great reminder that some things in life are out of our control. We make preparations and do our best, but there is only so much we can do. Jesus reminds us foundation building is essential. We must hear and apply His Words and leave the results with Him.
An old song states, “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.” More than likely, I will see and experience something of a raging storm this week. We prepare and do the best we can, knowing that, as in all of life, we depend upon the Lord.
Have a great and blessed week!