Theology In Country Music: The Storms of Life
The song “Storms of Life” as sung by Randy Travis is a song about a man whose life has gone wrong because he has made some wrong choices in his life. The chorus says: “I better change my wanderin’ ways, I know I’ve seen my better days. Always getting high when I get low .Well I left my soul out in the rain. Lord what a price I’ve had to pay. The storms of life are washing me away.”
The song is a good example of the story Christ told about the foolish builder. Matthew 7: 24-27 declares:
24-25“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26-27“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
In this story Jesus contrasts the lives of two carpenters. The foolish carpenter like the man in the Randy Travis song does not build his house on the foundation of Christ, but rather he builds on sand. When problems come, the house collapses. Notice that Jesus said that problems, trials, and challenges hit everyone. Just because you are a Christian does not make you exempt from hardship. The difference should be that if we build on Christ, we can face our issues head on. The storms of life will not wash us away, and will not need to get high when we get low.
I ask you today. What is your spiritual house built on? The rock of Christ, or the sand of the world? The teachings of Jesus, or the wisdom of the world? Build on Christ and your house will stand.
Until next time,
build your faith on Jesus
pastor greg t.