DAILY DEVOTION - APRIL 1
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“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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7: 24-27
Jesus ends his well-known Sermon on the Mount with these words, describing for us on this April Fools’ Day what it means to be wise and what it means to be foolish.
Wisdom, Jesus says, is gained by studying his teachings and trying our best to put them into practice in our everyday lives. That can be harder than it sounds. Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount are difficult. They include the instruction to not worry about our lives – about what we are to eat, drink, or wear.
How can Jesus possibly ask us not to worry right now? The stay-at-home order has just been extended for another month, threatening jobs, small businesses and income, and keeping all of us from people and activities we love. It feels as a storm like no other has come through. Rain has beaten down on us and wind has turned everything upside down.
How can Jesus tell us that we shouldn’t worry? Because he knew firsthand that God is with us through times of struggle, that God’s love for us knows no bounds, and that God will bring new life and new beginnings from any darkness, transforming it into light. Thanks be to God!
Let us pray with our CPC sisters and brothers . . .
Lord, it is a difficult time and we are trying to cling to our trust in you. More than ever, we ask that you would be our rock during this time of uncertainty. Strengthen our faith, fill us with hope, and grant us your peace that passes all understanding, we pray. Amen.