“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 ESV
“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.” President John F. Kennedy
Have you felt like life is a setup? Do you wonder why evil people live in prosperity and you’ve barely got enough money for milk and bread? Life is so unfair! Me too. It’s a living reality that requires daily struggle.
“So that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him].”
It’s clear. Everyone has tough times. Everyone experiences losses. Everyone faces death. Some houses will fall. Not everyone is His child.
Personally, professionally, socially and nationally, the floods and winds are beating on our “house.” And just like the weather, there’s not much we can do.
Except… cling to the Father and his promises—dependency encouraged here
Live in the present – The past is history, the future a mystery
Count our blessings
Look for opportunities to be kind and helpful
Share with another
And remember: “It Came to pass”
Our Father uses these times and situations to develop our character, prune our unfruitful branches, fertilize our trust and faith, and create loving and persevering people. We are his children. We aren’t “illegitimate.” We aren’t neglected, abused or abandoned and we have a Father who always comes through. And it passes.
As children, we were afraid of the dark, afraid of others and scared of punishment. As adults, we still have “monsters and boogeymen.” The Father says, “Do not fear” 365 times in the Bible. One for each day.
We thank you for providing for our needs and for some of our wants. We thank you we have something to contribute even during stormy times. We thank you we can say during the storms, “Help me!” And you do.
Help us to help another today. Your word says, “Bear each other’s burdens and we fulfill the law of Christ.” Fears and troubles are lessened when carried by two.