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"Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them,
I will shew you to whom he is like:
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock:
and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house,
and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock."
Luke 6: 47-48

Those of us who are truly 'born of God' will know and appreciate the wisdom of the above words the Lord spoke concerning the foundations of our faith.

O, how good it is to know that no matter what, all is well with our soul!

How thankful we ought to be that the price of our soul's security has been fully met in the accomplished work of our beloved Lord Jesus on Calvary's cross.

I couldn't help but notice that the floods and storms were expected regardless of the types of foundations upon which each builder built their homes. Good times and bad times are the general lot of each member of the human race regardless of our spiritual foundations. But what an immeasurable difference being a child of God makes when those floods arise in our lives. And believe me, they certainly do!

It is a season of storms and floods in our lives at present and a loved one going through the trial with us said on reflection: 'my, it never rains but it pores, doesn't it?' In this case that is definitely so but I was able to lift the mode of conversation a little by mentioning that in spite of what's happening, there's always something to be truly thankful for. There we were sitting in a spotlessly clean hospital waiting room surrounded by lovely people attending to my Mum who was brought in by the paramedics!

As a believer I know that the stormy season in our lives at present is definitely not without reason or rhyme. I've been through too many times like this not to have learned this by experiment. After all, pearls don't just appear do they? They are indeed the result of the suffering of the oyster, which can only yield its treasure by giving up its life! The things that have been learned as a result of past experiences of suffering are treasures that are eternal, and I'm on the lookout for more!

With TWO elderly Mums now in hospital needing special care and those around them needing so much help it is easy to wonder why this is all happening at the same time.

At the moment life is not a matter of living one day at a time but by taking one step at a time. Thankfully those steps are confidently placed where the beloved Lord and Saviour tenderly leads.

After all, what's the point of swimming against the tide when the floods arise beyond our depth? Just go with the current; for the Lord and lover of our souls will carry His people through the rising tide until the storm abates and the sun shines once more.

This rather reminds me of those who sheltered safely in the Ark as the floods arose back in Noah's time. Being safe in the ark enabled them to ride over the flood while others drowned.

The secret is, (which, by the way is no secret at all,) it is to be 'in' the ark when the storm comes - or rather to be 'in Christ' when the floods arise; for being in Him means that you get to see the rainbow once the trial is over and life settles once more.

~~~~~

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."
Hebrews 11:7

The same gospel that saves those who believe, also condemns the unrepentant.
Noah built the ark as a refuge for whoever would heed the warning; sadly only eight people did.
His ark consigned the unbelieving world to judgment. Christ died to save you. Have you received Him?
K. R. Keyser

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