Matthew 7:24-25 ‘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. 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.
People in the Houston area were caught off guard by torrential rain. Three weeks of rain came down in one night. People were putting their families in refrigerators and plastic tubs as make shift rafts to get to safety. I can only imagine the panic that set I as the waters rose above their homes.
All of us need to be prepared for a natural disaster. We should have home insurance, an escape plan, emergency food, water, and medical kit. More than anything we need to make sure our homes are storm proof.
Jesus talked about storm proof homes. He talked about how important it was to build your home on bedrock so that when the torrential rain and winds came the pressure of the storm would not destroy the house. In order to get to bedrock you have to dig down pretty deep to get to solid ground. We don’t go deep enough in our spiritual walk to storm proof our homes. We are counting on a surface spirituality that we picked up in sunny days to keep us in stormy days. It won’t work.
How do we storm proof our homes?
- You must be hearers of the word. How can they hear without a preacher? It’s so important for us to hear the word preached and learn how to read the word for ourselves. We need to be fed and learn how to become self-feeders. The church is the home supply store where you get spiritual supplies to storm proof your home.
- You must put the word of God into practice. You must not just be hearers of the word but you must put it into practice. Jesus said, “whoever hears the word of God but doesn’t put it into practice is like a man who builds his house on sand. When it rains, it will not stand.” When times get hard many people can’t stand because they have nothing to stand on.
- Storm proofing doesn’t stop storms it just keeps you during the storm. Being a believer doesn’t exempt you from storms. It rains on the just as well as the unjust. The difference between the two is that one is covered and one is uncovered. God has us covered and when we put his word into practice we will come through the storm!
Though the storms keep on raging in my life,
and sometimes it’s hard to tell my night from day.
Still that hope that lies within is reassured
as I keep my eyes upon the distant shore;
I know He’ll lead me safely to that
blessed place He has prepared
But if the storms don’t cease,
and if the wind keeps on blowing,
my soul has been anchored in the Lord. –My Soul has been anchored. Douglas Miller
In Jesus Name,