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How To Stand The Storm


Psalm 1

When we go through rough times in our lives, we often seek advice from friends, family, books, a counselor, or even the media. Sometimes, that advice can go a long way. Other times, it seems to make sense, but we’re left feeling empty. We've all been there. Even advice that works for a while cannot sustain us for the long haul.

Whether we are having a good season or going through hard times, it is important to build our foundation on truth—on something that lasts. Otherwise, eventually, we will fall through the cracks when hardships overcome our lives.

This can be a scary reality to face. However, Psalm 1 tells us that we can flourish and not whither. When we build our foundation on God’s truth, by learning God’s Word and following Jesus, we become like a tree planted by the water. Our roots will be so deep and healthy that we’ll produce fruit during the good times and be sustained through the bad times—like a strong tree stands through the winter (Psalm 1:3). Anything else we build our lives on will not hold up to the storms of life, and we’ll be “like chaff that the wind blows away” (Psalm 1:4).

As followers of Jesus, we will still face hard situations, but Jesus promises He will keep watch over and protect those who hold His truth close to their hearts (Psalm 1:6). He will sustain us through the tough times.

So, consider where your foundation lies. Are you seeking answers from friends, TV, the Internet? Or, are you standing firm on the Word of God—the truth that gives us freedom and strength to stand through any storm we face?


  • What is your foundation built on? In other words, what/who do you rely on in the good times and the bad?
  • What is one step you need to take today to build your life on the foundation of truth? Maybe you need to memorize an encouraging verse, or commit to reading your Bible for 5 minutes every day.
  • Who do you have in your life that encourages you in the truth of God’s Word? You can join a NewSpring Group to dig into God’s Word and live life with people who are also building their lives on God’s truth.

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