Matthew 7:24 “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:  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.”

During our family’s recent move, we crossed our nation from coast-to-coast.  In doing so, we spent a significant time in the car and saw the incredibly varied sources of natural wealth that make up this great nation. We literally traveled from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam.  Indeed, God has blessed America!

During the transit from the mountains to the prairies, we came across a great spiritual truth related to the pressure applied on us (and our things) by the world around us.  While driving, we noticed that the water bottles we finished drinking while at the lower-pressure higher altitudes would be compacted and sometimes crushed by the forces at the higher-pressure lower altitudes. Though the pressure changes were almost imperceptible to us while driving (other than a little popping of the ears), it sometimes disfigured the bodies it was acting upon.

In our lives, there are pressures applied to us at all times that sometimes slightly and sometimes dramatically impact us.  Throughout the course of our lives, the pressures during the good times do not cause us to bear a substantial weight, nor do they demonstrate whether we can handle the bad times.  It is only when we are tested, do we know whether our foundation will enable us to stay strong or whether the pressures will cause us to be compacted and possibly crushed.  Do not be fooled, the rains will descend, the floods will come, and the winds will blow. Without the right preparation, they will disfigure the bodies they act upon.

PLEASE PRAY FOR A FOUNDATIONAL RESILENCY THROUGH CHRIST THAT CAN WITHSTAND THE PRESSURES OF THE MODERN WORLD.  The world will try to compact and crush you, but through Christ, you can avoid disfigurement.