The world is a place filled with struggle and strife.
With the COVID-19, among environmental disasters happening in California and Louisiana, many people are dealing with these events among others the best they can. It is in these moments that one’s faith is tested and refined.
Some may come out stronger, while others are left broken entirely. A couple questions may arise that ask “Why am I losing faith in God?” and “How can I gain it back?”.
Let’s answer this by going into the house built on sand, and the house built on the rock, recorded in the Bible.
A House Built on Rock
Having a strong foundation in the word of God is crucial.
Jesus spoke the words of truth according to God’s will, and gave instructions in how to live a life more set apart for God. He gave a warning of the consequences of those who didn’t put his words into practice.
In Matthew 24:26-27, Jesus warns “…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.”
Whether it comes in the form of persecution, or circumstances that push one further from God, winds blow that will test any believer.
Being Prepared for Trials
People prepare for natural disasters all the time, especially if they know their area is prone to disaster. They stock up on canned goods, and board up windows.
Christians are no exception to those who face by events that test their faith. Living life as a Christian does not guarantee a comfortable life.
Believers must be prepared for winds that may shake their faith. That means looking into the Bible, and building a foundation not on one’s own thoughts, but on the words that Jesus spoke, as well as the entirety of the Bible.
How to Be Strong
In Matthew 24:24-25, Jesus emphasizes having this strong foundation in the Word. “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.”
Scripture and the words that Jesus spoke are very powerful tools for a believer.
As people are born with a blank slate, like a white piece of a paper, faith is something that must be built.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, it supports building faith with the Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”.
We are called to look inwards toward ourselves, and start building habits that last an eternity.
Good Habits in the Word
The good news is that it’s never too late to build good habits. Let’s find inspiration in the Word, as well as joy.
Building faith in God is like any relationship. It requires effort on our part to learn more about God, and in return, God will mold us and strengthen us to withstand any winds that blow against our faith.
Let’s aim to be the very builders that built their house on Christ, and the Word, so that our faith will remain unwavering, and strengthen day by day.