Having Faith That Can Weather the Storm
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. - Matthew 7:24-25
For the past year, I feel like my faith has been built on sand. Some days, with the right environment and elements, that sand can feel like rock. I’m solid in my beliefs and it feels like I have a firm foundation. Then, when the rain floods in and the winds howl (anxiety sets in, someone or something makes me doubt myself, or I feel insecure) the faith crumbles. Every time I turn things over to God and then take back the reins of control when things get tough, I’m in rebuilding mode once again. It’s like being tossed back and forth in a small boat, where you can feel every movement.
Friends, if you’re like me, you’re nauseous from the rocking boat and desire assured, confident, and secure faith. Faith like a cruise-liner: stable, powerful, steady. Where even if it moves, we feel little change.
Wanna hear GREAT news? That’s not out of reach! In Isaiah chapter 28 verse 16, the Lord says, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
So how do we make sure our faith is on the rock, rather than on sinking sand? By believing in Jesus [the precious cornerstone of a sure foundation] and walking with Him, our faith can stand the test of hardship and heartbreak, fear and failure.
Here are some ways we can be intentional about firming up our faith and giving God the room to lay a rock-solid foundation that withstands any storm:
-Digging into the Word and meditating on God’s character and promises.
-Seeking and trusting the author and perfecter of our faith not just in the morning, but all throughout the day.-Surrounding ourselves with community (like this one) who can pray for, encourage, and affirm our faith in the calm seas or the storms.
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