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Over the past few months we have seen people, companies, banks, and even governments crumble under the global economic troubles we have experienced. Wisdom is always seen in the storm. When the storm sweeps in, those who have planned ahead are those who are safe.

Jesus talks about the storms of life and their spiritual implications …

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Matthew 7:24-29 (NKJ)

We become like Jesus when …

o We practice the sayings of Jesus in our everyday life.

In stark contrast, Jesus identifies the key components of wisdom and folly …

  1. Violent storms come in life, whether you are wise or foolish.
  2. What you build your life on (the choices you make) will determine whether you will survive the storm or not.
  3. In this life, and the next, the advantage goes to the person who does the things Jesus tells us to do.

Perhaps you can relate to the crowd as Jesus finishes his first long lecture from the mountain. Is it possible that you have a Christian ‘spirituality’ but you do not have a Christ-like life?

Today, as you complete this reading, could I ask you to stop? Take a few moments and ask yourself if you are ‘walking the talk’ of Jesus? In the long-run, you will be far better off!

Remember Jesus’ words of hope … “whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

© 2008 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith