“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 7:24-27)
The storms of life come at all of us at various times and in various ways. No one is completely isolated from them. In my life, the storms have been used to highlight the manner in which I have been building my own foundation. My response to a particular storm is directly related to how I have been building. My building material is not bricks and mortar, but words and thoughts accompanied by beliefs and actions. If my building material is not founded in truth, the storm serves to wash away feeble ground and ushers in anxiety, stress and discontent. However, if I have been building with truth, the response to the storm is peace, hope and rest.
Thankfully, Jesus has given us the blueprint to build our lives in such a way that outside influences do not shake us. To follow His ways and words, and to meditate and act on them, will result in stability of heart when the storms come. Not only will we remain steady, but also following the commands of Jesus is one of the primary ways that we are able to love Him in return.
"Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me" (John 14:21).