“As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”
Comparison of Versions
To begin with, let us look at some other Bible versions. I think it would be interesting to see how this verse is treated.
- When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. – NLT
- When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. – NIV
- When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever. – ESV
Do you see the similarity? Do you understand the point being made? Storms will come to both the righteous and the wicked, but only one has a sure foundation.
My favorite hymn is The Solid Rock. It is an old hymn that says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” The difference between the wicked and the righteous is their foundations.
When the storms come, Christ is the Solid Rock on which the righteous stand. Everything else, including money, philosophy, relationships, etc., is nothing more than sinking sand.
The best place to observe the truth of today’s verse is in a funeral home. Just watch the family of known unbelievers, then the family of someone with a strong, Christian faith. The difference will be obvious.
One day I walked into a funeral home where two visitations were going on right across from each other. On the left was a Christian family; the right a pagan one. The Christian family was crying at times, but with smiles. The pagan family never smiled.
The Christian family dressed in lighter colors, as if they were going to a Springtime church service. The pagans dressed in black. And when I stood around and listened to the mourners, one family said things like, “I’m so glad I’ll see him again,” and “He’s in a better place.” The other family wept as they came to terms with the fact their loved one was gone forever.
Which family was still standing after the storm? Which one was utterly devastated? Which one had hope?
When the Storm is Over
Storms of all kinds come to each of us. Without God we must weather the storms alone. But righteous know that the only sure shelter is found in Jesus.
Another of my favorite songs is Till the Storm Passes By. It reminds me that even when storms do come, there is a Fortress. I don’t have to stand out in the open and get blown away.