Preparing for Life’s Storms

Dear friends,

Think about the foundation of your house. When your house was built, there was a building code the builder followed to make sure the structure will remain strong and stable over time — and able to withstand wind, storms, and any shifts or changes in the earth beneath your house. All of this starts with the foundation, and among the first things a builder does is test the soil to assess its stability. The strength of a foundation of the house has everything to do with how stable a house is, especially when storms come.

This week we’ll begin our new, 7-week Fall worship series, Facing Life’s Storms, with “Preparing for Life’s Storms.” Calling upon Matthew 7:24-29, we’ll examine together what Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount about building the foundation of our life and faith.

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

A firm foundation for our living and for our faith is embracing and putting into practice the teachings of Jesus. It is our best preparation for the storms that will surely come.

So, what is this firm foundation made of? What does the process of building it look like? What does it mean to build it?

Think about the buildings that have been built downtown recently. Remember how long it took before the actual buildings began to appear above the ground? To build foundations that will hold these structures securely takes time and attention to detail. To build a firm foundation for our lives and our faith takes time and intentionality.

This leads us to another question. What if we don’t have a strong foundation? What if the foundation of our faith is a bit . . . shaky? What can we do about that now?

To push this analogy a little farther, maybe we need to do some foundation work. If we detect an issue — and recognize the need for strengthening the foundation of our faith, there is still work we can do to create that firm foundation to which Jesus alludes.

To strengthen and shore up the foundation of a house, you put in some piers. Those of you who live in certain parts of Fort Worth probably know all about this! We add these pillars of strength and stability in areas that are weak, sagging a little, or the product of a shift in the soil beneath us. This repair to our house’s foundation is sometimes tedious, costly, and more often than not requires some cosmetic work on the inside, but ultimately, it saves the house. It makes the house strong and impervious to the storms and conditions that weakened it.

The good news of our faith is that if we find ourselves at a place where we feel we have a somewhat shaky foundation; it doesn’t have to stay that way. There are always new beginnings, second chances, and life-changing opportunities to shore up your foundation. And, no matter what storms in your past have rocked your foundation — or even destroyed it — you can rebuild, repair, and regain the foundation of your faith.

I look forward to exploring these ideas with you this Sunday in the Sanctuary.



Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

 

Matthew 7:24-29 Common English Bible (CEB)

“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”

Crowd’s response

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were amazed at his teaching because he was teaching them like someone with authority and not like their legal experts.

 

 

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