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"Tested By Flood"

February 21, 2004

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“When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” Luke 6:48

Normally Fort Wayne, Indiana, provides peaceful living, with houses nestled among three rivers which converge in the downtown area. In March of 1982 the town was tested by flood. The spring thaw and steady rainfall brought rising rivers. Dikes started to give way. Water poured over the banks and submerged residential areas despite the efforts of sandbaggers. How solidly built were the homes and dikes? The flood of 1982 put them to the test.

Jesus describes the believer’s life in terms of wise and foolish builders. The one digs deep and lays the foundation on rock. The other builds on the ground without a foundation. During normal times both homes appear safe and livable. But when the flood comes, the house built on rock endures the torrent, while the house built on the ground collapses.

How securely are you building your life? Have you concentrated on external features like wealth, popularity, success? Or have you been building on the bedrock of Jesus Christ? As Paul writes, “No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11). Both spiritual houses may appear safe and livable. But when crisis situations come – sickness, family breakdown, death, loss of job – then our lives are tested. We either collapse or stand firm, depending on our foundation. When we hear Jesus’ words and put them into practice, we rest on the unshakable foundation of Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

PRAYER: Dear Father, help me build my life on the solid ground of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Exodus 34-35    Mark 3:20-35

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