Troubles Come

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One of the great questions of Christianity is how can we reconcile life's troubles with the fact that God, a loving and gracious god, is in charge?

Books have been written on this subject. I'm not about to answer it in full here today. But our small group talked about it last week, so it has been rattling around in my brain. I've thought about how the Bible never promises us an easy life, but it does provide instructions for how to get through. That is all summed up quite nicely in these words from Jesus's Sermon on the Mount:

"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 the house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25

Did you get the part about the rain and the floods and the wind beating against the house? The world will come and literally try to beat you down. And yet - that important yet - "it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock."

Contrast that with:

"But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, and the steams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Matthew 7:26-27

Same circumstances - the people hear the words and troubles come. One difference: putting the words into practice. Is that the key to surviving this life when it is hard? To happiness?

I think so.

What about you? And, how can you put the words of Jesus into practice today?

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8 Responses to “Troubles Come”

  1. I love how God's word is always alive, always fresh, and always new! The fact that the rain and wind beat against each house struck me in a fresh way today. Now you've got it rattling around in my brain and I love it! :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings! :-)

  2. Hi Courtney. :-) The Bible verses on your post hit me like lightning. I am guilty of "building my house on sand." And I am sure that God sent me here today to nudge me and tell me to "put His words into practice." I believe I've been delaying it for such a long time, making so many other excuses to myself. Thank you so much for reminding me about this beautiful truth today! Take care and God bless! :-)

  3. Great post Courtney.  This is exactly what I needed to hear this week!! Thank you for reminding me that the answer is so clear within these verses! 

  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  5. It is raining up a storm here in South Florida as I read this post -- what timing!  I am so thankful that I need not fear when storms come because I know He is the Master of it all.  Great post!  So glad I found you today.  

  6. Michelle - You are right. Each time I read God's word, I'm struck by something new. It is a wonderful thing! Hope you have been having a great week with those words rattling around in your brain :)

  7. Irene - Thanks for taking the time to comment. I'm so glad that the verses touched you, too. We are all guilty of delaying, and I get my best nudges from others. I think it is one of the ways we are to encourage each other and build each other up. Thank you for doing the same!

  8. Lyli - Thanks for taking the time to comment. I love what you say about God being Master of it all. That is such a comforting thought.