Today’s Scripture: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. Matthew 7:24-25

I once read about a building contractor who decided to cut costs and build his foundations in sand. We all know how solid sand is, especially during a storm!

Well, the damage didn’t begin right away, but after only a few years, the foundations began to crack and shift. Pretty soon all those homeowners were forced to buy new homes, and the building contractor lost a lot of money.

The test of a structure’s quality is the first big storm. If it is built right on solid foundations, then it will withstand the winds and the rain. This is much like the Christian life.

The Bible never says that the rains won’t come. But, if we’re built solidly on God’s Word, then we’ll survive the storm. If we’re built on worry and doubt and fear and the world’s temporal pleasures, then our lives will shift and crack and eventually crumble.

We shouldn’t be afraid of the storms because we believe in the God of the storms. We shouldn’t pray that God takes away our trials, because trials help mold us into His image and they reveal the person we really are.

Take some time today to examine your life. Is it built upon shifting sands or on the strong foundation of God’s Word?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder