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Thursday, December 3

Karen Kraeger

Matthew 7:21-27

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Verses 24-25 hit home like never before. We are trying to find our way in deeply troubled times, struggling to make the right choices of who and what to believe.

God’s message here offers direction, comfort, and the ultimate wisdom. It is truer now than ever before. We must hold tight to the One whose love for us never changes, who doesn’t give up on us no matter how tough things get. It is in these times, that we can realize we need God to make it through because all of this is beyond what we can handle on our own.

As we move through this Advent season, keep your eyes out for rain and storms—in nature and in life. Think of how rain keeps all living things alive and washes away the old, revealing the new. When the storms of life threaten us, God can do the same—if we let Him.

This year has brought many opportunities for reflection on what is really important. What would you like God to wash away and make new? Does your life feel steady or is it crumbling? Where do you need a stronger foundation? Take time to examine what needs strengthening. God can help rebuild anything, and He’s only a prayer away.

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