One thing is for sure about life: there are sure to be storms. Storms of all sorts of shapes and sizes come into life, and often without much warning (if any at all). The amount that a storm disrupts your life depends on the size and scope of the storm. And I’m talking not just about bad weather here, but all the bad news that life throws your way: the doctor said “cancer,” the boss said “you’re fired,” the teacher said “you didn’t pass.” Sometimes we tragically lose someone we love or find out that someone we trusted betrayed us. The thing about storms is that, if you knew what was going to come, you would prepare yourself for the storm to minimize the damage.
People sell insurance to minimize the risk for physical storms, accidents or mishaps. But is there such a thing as storm insurance for life? And if so, wouldn’t it be worth securing? Jesus Himself talked about the storms of life. In what may be his most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, 6 and 7, he teaches about all areas of life. How to be blessed, life right, fulfill the law of God, anger, lust, divorce, our words, our actions, our thoughts, our neighbors. He teaches about giving to the poor, prayer, fasting, true wealth, worry, jealousy, receiving from God and distinguishing true men of God. Then at the very end, he ends with this story:
“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 that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 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, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”Matthew 7:24-27
Did you catch the difference between the person who was ready for life’s storm and the one who wasn’t? Are you ready for life’s storm? You never know when it may come or how fierce it will be, but blessed is the person who is ready for it!