Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
If we have our lives built on a solid foundation we can withstand the storms that come. If we don’t have a secure foundation in Christ when the storm hits, we won’t know how to respond.
The military has to train for battles. They do the same exercises over and over again until it becomes second nature. When the real battle happens, they will respond out of instinct. We should be the same way with our spiritual battles.
We should be so well grounded in Jesus that when the trials and difficulties come, our response will be to trust in God and not panic. If we wait until the storm hits, we will be more vulnerable to the enemy. Think about the military again. If they waited until the battlefield to train, they would be weak and vulnerable to their enemy.
We have to be prepared ahead of time if we are going to learn something through the difficulties. If we are in panic mode, we can’t see the lesson we are supposed to be learning. Instead, we should lean on God and trust Him to get us through the battle. Then we are able to learn the lesson God is trying to teach us.
When the battle is over, we should be closer to God and others around us. All too often we are unprepared and we allow the storms to put a wedge between us and others, or even a wedge between us and God. How sad that is to see happen.