I like listening to their thoughts and opinions on things. They’re funny, smart and quirky.
Well, our 11-year-old son Kedar—the oldest boy—likes to talk about cars. He’s a huge Nascar fan, which fuels his interest in vehicles.
Usually “car talk” is mostly about his favorite drivers in the sport, but not today. He had something very specific he wanted to relay at the dinner table.
“When I buy a car, I want to make sure it has a good safety rating,” Kedar said. “A lot of cars look nice, but aren’t very safe.”
His sincerity was adorable. He was super serious about this safety rating thing.
“Your car has a good safety ranking, Mom,” he assured me, seeming pleased about it.
After that, Kedar began naming different makes and models of vehicles, and sharing whether or not they passed muster.
Young Mr. Hobbs stressed in several different ways that a vehicle’s design is not the selling point for him. It is how well it holds up during crash testing.
“If I get into an accident, I want to know I’ll be safe,” he explained.
Our little guy is on the right track with this way of thinking. In fact, our conversation made me think about something important.
In our spiritual walk, God doesn’t want us looking good on the outside and then caving in and folding when we’re forcefully hit by life’s trials.
If we have not been properly developed, conditioned and fortified, when trouble comes, we won’t hold up under pressure.
You and I need a firm foundation to be able to stand, which is the all-important lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 7:24-27.
He said the one who listens to and follows His teaching is like a person who builds a house on a solid rock. Even though torrential rains pour down, flood waters rise and winds crash against that house, it won’t fall down because it is built on bedrock.
On the other hand, Jesus said, the individual who hears His teaching and doesn’t obey is like the one who builds a house on sand. When the rains, floods and winds come, that house collapses with a mighty crash.
God’s word is the difference-maker.
If your hope is built upon it and you live in accordance with it, you will make it through life’s fiercest challenges without falling apart.
Nothing will be strong enough to knock you down.
Friend, put your confidence in the Lord and you’ll make it. You won’t just survive, but you’ll thrive in every season.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”
How powerful is that?
When you are firmly rooted in God and you place your confidence in Him, you will bear fruit in every season.
In times of famine, you will produce. When the land is barren, you will reap a harvest. When the earth is dry and parched, you will receive an abundance of rain.
The message is simple: trust and obey. This is the key to releasing the favor of the Lord and unlocking the treasure trove of blessings He has in store for you.
When you trust in the Lord wholeheartedly, you will see the manifestation of Psalm 1:3 NLT, which is what I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration.
It says, “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, if you’ve been worrying, stressing and fretting, get back to trusting. Focus on being obedient to the word of God.
This is what positions you to reap your harvest.
When you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, remember, Jesus is your Rock in your hard place. Build your foundation upon Him and you’ll be alright.
He will sustain you, bless you, favor you, empower you, and prosper you.
Now let’s pray.
God, I stand upon Your word today and trust You with my whole heart. No matter how things appear and how forceful the storm presently raging against me is, my hope is in You alone. I look to You, my rock, redeemer and source of all things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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