Your hope in the storm

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Christ’s last words in the sermon on the mount talk about the storms of life. The final four verses (Matthew 7:24-27) teach that these storms will be powerful and that they cannot be avoided.  

So, the question is not can I avoid the storm, but how can I remain secure when the storm strikes. This much is certain, the storms will come.

Jesus is talking about more than physical dwellings. He is talking about your life. The same things – the rains, the rising streams, the winds will attack each house. Don’t be fooled. The security of the house rests not upon the elaborateness and beauty of its construction, but upon the solidness of its foundation.

In the Proverbs the wise are those who fear God. The foolish are those who live as if there is no God. The wise builder’s house does not fall in the storm. The house of the foolish builder will fall with a great crash.

If is foolish to think you can avoid the storms of life.  They come with equal ferocity to all. One lesson to be learned from Christ’s teaching is that you cannot determine God’s faithfulness by the circumstances of your life. You determine God’s faithfulness by the content of his character that is displayed in his word.

God says he will never leave us or forsake us. Easy to say on a sunny day. But this is just as true when the storms rage.

Perhaps you are living in the middle of a furious storm right now. Relationships bring pain rather than peace. Maybe you are recovering from a devastating storm that has past or maybe you are living in fear of the storm that is coming. 

Whatever the case, God’s covenant love is steadfast. Your foundation is sure even though the storm rages around you. God is your rock, your strength and your peace forever.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.