Thursday, September 29, 2011

Standing on the Solid Rock

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. -Matthew 7:24, 25 (KJV) 

Have you ever had the situation of not being able to find your car in a large parking lot?  This may happen to you from time to time.  Whenever this happens to me my first thought is, “Has someone stolen my car?” I then follow this up with the thought, “Who’d want it?” Thirteen year old cars with 177,000 plus miles on them are hardly the first choice of car thieves.   

Now, let’s go back to this wandering around a parking lot searching for your car.  This is an unpleasant feeling due to the uncertainty of it.  Failing to follow godly wisdom has a similar effect.  We are left wandering, confused, and uncertain of what we will do – it’s all very unsettling.  Jesus’ parable about building a house with a strong foundation is a parable about life and how we will live.  What will be our life strategy?  Will we employ worldly or godly wisdom?  Building our lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ is the employing of godly wisdom in making decisions, relating to others, and handling life’s problems.  No worldly wisdom can compare with it.   

The poet Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a poem on this theme. 

“Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand: come and see my shining palace built upon the sand!”

The houses built upon solid foundations will stand the test of time.  We will not fall or falter when the storms of life come.  From a worldly point of view our houses don’t look like much.  But I’d take this house built on the solid rock of Jesus over the shining palaces of the world any day.  We will stand upon the rock and we keep standing even when the storms come.   

You may believe you are weak, yet in Christ you are stronger than you think you are 

Jesus is the rock.
The Lord will not let us down.
People will change, yet the Lord will never change. 

Keep standing on the solid rock.

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