Several of my friends and old acquaintances have asked me to renew a habit I had several years ago of making a quick devotional to send out every day. These short devotionals were what I could write in a spare five or ten minutes along with some blogging about life in general. As a sinful human being I failed to take them up on their invitation right away. But here we go.
I live in the North American prairie. This open steppe land has some of the most extreme weather in the continental USA. Today, for example, I drove to work in wind gusts of up to fifty-five miles per hour, just shy of hurricane force.
As I clocked in to work the machinist who works the day shift told me that the local wind was so strong it had picked up a semi truck and flipped it over on a nearby road. He explained that once those things have nothing in them, they lose a lot of their stability.
That got me thinking about our lives as people. You see, the semi truck didn’t flip over of its own choice. It reached a state of lower stability, and then something hit it and flipped it over. In the same way, we are almost never overwhelmed or fall into bad decisions right away. Even our former brothers and sisters who have abandoned the faith or nestled into unrepentant sin don’t just flip like lights. The major sins, the big falls, the emotional catastrophes come when we are empty inside.
So today my God Thought is this: Let us remain full in God’s Word. Let us hear it, think about it, and try to live it. This is a worthwhile goal simply out of gratitude and loyalty to a God who loved us enough to die for us when we were his enemies and hated him. It has the additional benefit of giving us a solid foundation when the winds come.
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV)
Build Your House on the Rock
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.”