Each fall during hurricane season, I am struck by the resiliency and seemingly ridiculousness of people in coastal towns who wait and ride out those treacherous storms. There is an abundance of media coverage, as eye balls are fixated on natural phenomena and Facebook can’t resist recommending viral videos of dogs saving their owners or worse, homes drifting away. Microphones make their way in front of families who have lost it all. The aftermath is always full of promises to rebuild the community. Higher levies and taller stilts provide short term fixes, but those solutions do not address the foundational problem, the storms will come again. It seems no matter how high a house sits, or how strong its shutters are, there is no way to insulate against the inevitable destruction.
Our society preaches maximum comfort and quick fixes to deeper rooted issues. How often do we ground ourselves in self-preservation and false senses of earthly security only to be startled at how quickly the next storm comes? The analogy found in Matthew 7:24-27 speaks to the eternal security that comes in knowing Christ, doing his work, and establishing Him at the center as opposed to just being a listener:
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” -Matthew 7:24-27
I like this passage, because it does not state that knowing Christ is a security blanket against storms, those will come, but Christ’s word sustains His people in the midst of the storms.
His words provide promise to those who put their faith in Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:18 states,
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
Jesus’s call to lay down one’s life, sounds foolish to the unbeliever. However, the true power and majesty of Christ is revealed when Jesus is the foundation. When our faith is tested, are we planted in solid ground, or will we uproot like an old tree during a wind storm? The leading indicator for a tree’s health is not found above the surface, it’s health is determined by the depth and reach of its root system beneath the ground. Healthy trees can weather brief periods of high winds and heavy rain, and the same logic applies to healthy Christians. Let’s not just be hearers of the word, but doers of the word, so that through Christ we have a firm foundation.