I once read about a building contractor who decided to cut costs and build his foundations in sand. We all know how solid sand is, especially during a storm!

Well, the damage didn’t begin right away, but after only a few years, the foundations began to crack and shift. Pretty soon all of those homeowners were forced to buy new homes, and the building contractor lost a lot of money.

The test of a structure’s quality is the first big storm. If it is built right on solid foundations, then it will withstand the winds and rain. This is much like the Christian life.

The Bible never says that the rains won’t come. But if we’re built solidly on God’s Word, then we’ll survive the storm. If we’re built on worry, doubt, fear, and the world’s temporal pleasures, then our lives will shift, crack, and eventually crumble.

We shouldn’t be afraid of the storms because we believe in the God of the storms. We shouldn’t pray that God takes away our trials, because trials help mold us into His image—and they reveal the person we really are.

Take some time today to examine your life. Is it built upon shifting sands or on the strong foundation of God’s Word?

The real test of a man’s spirituality is during the storms—they reveal the depth of his relationship with God. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder