We moved to Prescott Valley, Arizona, during the monsoon season. Every afternoon, clouds rolled in, and the rain came down, accompanied by thunder and lightning. Judy and David’s dogs, Lilly and Buddy, whimpered and cowered, frightened by the storms. Only two things comforted them: being close to people they loved and trusted and wearing their thunder shirts. With their thunder shirts firmly wrapped around them, they stopped trembling. As long as they stayed standing close to one of their people, they could manage their fear and outlast the storm.
While I enjoyed watching the thunder and lightning, I knew my house was standing firm on its foundation. The rain battered the under-construction house, but it stayed standing, firm on its foundation, no leaks in the roof. Storms, we knew watching Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria could destroy everything in their path. We didn’t have to worry about the devastating power of hurricanes, but even a small storm can do damage.
Storms don’t have to be weather-related; during the course of my 62 years, I’ve faced many storms. Some, like the passing away of our daughter, Kimberly Joy, knocked me down for a time. Threatened to overwhelm me. All I could cling to was my unchanging, loving God. And while I mourned and felt the storm battering, I could continue to praise God. I knew Kimberly now lived in heaven with Him.
Just like my house sits on a solid foundation, so does my life. The storms may rage, threatening to destroy all I hold dear, but the truth is God is always good, kind, loving. He never leaves me or forsakes me. In the midst of every storm, I am standing on the promises of God. When I know what God’s Word says and follow it, my house will stand firm.
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. 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:24-26)
In order for our house to stand firm during any storm-the loss of a person we love, financial difficulty, conflict with a loved one or friend, a health crisis-we must build our house on the solid rock of Christ.
During the storms, He is a strong tower, a refuge, we can run to and be comforted and be safe (Proverbs 18:10). No matter what comes our way, we can trust in God to care for us and bring us safely through even the most devastating storm.
Prayer for Standing on the True Foundation, Matthew 7:25
Lord, We trust in You. We stand on the rock of Jesus. We want to know Your Word and put it into practice. When we are afraid, we run to You, and You calm the storm within our hearts and minds. In every situation, we want to remain standing firmly on Your solid foundation. We trust You to care for us and bring us safely through every storm, no matter how big or small. Amen.
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