The Sturdy Faith of a Wise Person


          The Titanic or the Ark?

          Each had only one voyage.

          One was a luxury liner—elegant, ornate, and beautiful to behold. One was a floating zoo—practical, functional, plain.

          Houses can be like that. Some are exotic, ostentatious, and extravagant. Others are simple, quiet, and easily overlooked.

          However, what use is extravagance if the house gets blown apart in a storm? What value is ostentatious if it crumbles in bad weather?

          Like a sturdy foundation, a wise man’s faith must be practical and durable to withstand:

  • The torrential rains of disappointment, grief, bereavement, and unexpected reversals of circumstances. Job’s faith did.
  • The overwhelming flood of worldliness. “Seize the day.” “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.” YOLO, so grab all the gusto you can get.” “If it feels good, do it.” Moses’ faith did (Hebrews 11:25-26).
  • The powerful winds of temptation. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15) can be hurled by Satan at F-5 velocity. Jesus’ faith did (Matthew 4:1-11).

           Everyone’s house of faith is attacked on all sides—the rain beats on its roof, the wind rages against its walls, and the floods swirl around its foundation.

           Will your house stand or fall?

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Author: jchowning

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