When the Rains Come
Difficulties in life are inevitable; but strength of soul will sustain you.
Everyone who comes to Me and
hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. (Luke 6:47-48 NASB)
Jesus described this “strength of soul” as:
1. One who comes to Jesus.
2. One who hears the words of Jesus.
3. One who acts on the words of Jesus.
I use the term “soul” very intentionally, in contrast to the word “spirit.” Certainly we need strength of spirit in order to endure the storms of life, but the soul is the place where spiritual meets natural.
My soul is where I make practical decisions that determine the course of my life. My thoughts, my feelings, and my decisions can either be disciplined and healthy, or they can run a renegade course of self-destruction.
I may not be able to avoid the storms of life, but I can choose to come to Jesus everyday.
I may not be able to escape the rains and floods of circumstances, but I can choose to hear what Jesus is saying.
I may not be able to get around life’s difficulties, but I can choose to act on what Jesus says…and He will bring me through!
Choose today to make the spiritual more practical. Choosing to engage a relationship with Jesus will prepare you for those times when the rains come.
How do we “come, hear, and do?”
1. Spend time in God’s Word today.
2. Spend time in worship (giving thanks) to God.
3. Spend time worshipping God (declaring His goodness).
It’s not complicated. But it’s life-changing. The foundations you dig today will sustain you when the rains come.