When the Storm Comes
ILLUS: When I was in high school, I used to work for my uncle, who was in the pest control business. Often, my work would take me to the affluent area of Rolling Hills and Pales Verdes Estates. As you travel the beautiful coastline toward Marine Land, there is an area of several miles, where you can see many beautiful homes that have slid off their foundations, down the embankment, toward the ocean.
Most of these homes were built in the 50's by people who never considered the future of the shoreline and what erosion could do. Over the years, rain and erosion had eaten away at the foundations and have caused great loss to the homeowners.
INTRODUCTION: Did you know, in a very similar way, people make comparative decisions with their lives. They make choices as to how they will build their lives, and they choose the kind of foundation on which they will build; either solid rock or shifting sand. In Matthew 24, the Lord compares two foundations--one is solid rock (vs.24); and the other is built upon sand (vs.26). The one built upon solid rock was able to withstand the storms; the house built upon sand was not, and the fall of it was great.
Let's consider our message this morning, "When the Storm Comes." Two things...
I. THE CERTAINTY OF THE STORM
A. Storms Will Come
1. Jesus said, "the rain descended" and "the floods came" and "the winds blew." The fact that storms will come is a certainty; and you will notice that the storms fell upon both houses--the one built upon solid rock and the one built upon sand. Storms are no respecters of persons. It makes no difference whether you are a Christian or an unbeliever, sooner or later, the storms will come your way.
ILLUSTRATION: Most of us are aware of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Virginia on Monday. The following is an article carried by the Associated Press...
SUFFOLK, Va. -- Three tornadoes ripped through Virginia on Mo ...
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