When the Storm Comes

"It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, since that is the end of all mankind, and the living should take it to heart."  (Ecclesiastes 7:2 HCSB)

There are some times when I read the Bible and shake my head. The first time I read the above verse, I honestly wasn't sure about it. Mourning better than feasting? I'm not so sure about that. 

Then I focus on the end of the verse: "...that is the end of all mankind, and the living should take it to heart."

In life, one thing we do not like to think about is death. The fact is that each of us will experience it firsthand at some point. We live in a manner where we just don't want to think about it. 

When we go through a time and someone close to us dies, it has the uncanny ability to make our fast-paced world slow to a crawl. We are forced to deal with the reality and brevity of life. 

This past weekend, our community was forced into one of those situations. On Saturday, two precious people left this life. It has been painful and an emotional roller coaster to say the least. 

How does one get through these situations?  This is a question on many minds in our community. Hope I've realized is in the foundation. 

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus brought His most famous sermon to a conclusion by stating that there are two types of people: sensible and foolish. The difference between the two of them is the foundation. 

Jesus taught that both groups of people hear God's word and experience the storms of life. Jesus showed that the one who withstood the storms of life are the ones that trust and act on His word. These are the ones that build their lives on the Rock of Jesus. 

How does one get through when the rains and storms of life come crashing in? You make sure that your life is resting firmly on the Rock of Christ Jesus. One does that by confessing and repenting of their sin and trusting in Jesus. 

Are you prepared for when the rains come your way?