His Words Build A Strong Foundation
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. – Matthew 7:24-25
When I read this passage I am reminded of the old hymn, “My Hope Is Built.” In 1834 Edward Mote felt moved to write a hymn and as he walked to visit a friend the words began to come to him, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” That's what Jesus promised.
This passage only gives half of the story. Jesus went on to say, “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 the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (v26-27).
When we build our life on the solid truth of Christ and the words of instruction he left us we will have a solid foundation for a fruitful life. When we do not listen carefully and choose to follow our own way in building a life without the wisdom of his counsel, we build on ground that is unsure.
There is a person very dear to me who has been trying everything the world has to offer for years, yet he is continually in difficult times. I have talked to him about the way of Christ and he has repeatedly told me he just doesn’t believe it, yet he continues to follow a path which is destroying his life.
This man cannot see that he is building on sinking sand and he will never have a secure life because he doesn’t have a foundation which will stand against the storms of life. Until he comes to the Rock he will not have a secure life.
Examine your life. Are you building your life on truths with eternal value or are you attempting to have security in the temporal things of this world?
Prayer: Here I am again Lord, search my heart so that I may be sure that my hope is in the Rock Christ Jesus. Amen.
Principle: When we build our life on the solid truth of Christ and the words of instruction he left us we will have a solid foundation for a fruitful life.
Affirmation: On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. I am secure now and for eternity because my life is built on the words of Christ.
Reflection: There are some who say they can't live by the words of Christ because it is just too hard. What do you think makes it hard for some people to live the Christ life while others seem to easily live that life?
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