(Second Milers also read – Psalms 31 – 35; Memorize Mark 16:15)
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And 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. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” – (Matthew 7:24-27)
I so enjoy reading these familiar passages from the New Testament. Frankly, there are so many great truths contained in these passages that I have a tough time deciding what to write about. I opted this morning to jot down some thoughts about the concluding verses in “The Sermon on the Mount”, where Jesus likens the wise man to a man that builds his house upon a rock. He goes on to explain that a foolish man will build his house upon the sand.
The simple principle being taught here by the Lord is that we need to build our lives and our families upon the solid principles found in the Word of God. God knows what is best for us. When we listen to Him, and yield our lives to His will and His Word, we will live fruitful, blessed, and abundant lives; enjoying the marvelous protection and provision that only He can give. There are so many other Scriptures in the Bible that support this truth, but I will just share one other passage with you:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” – (Psalm 1:1-6)
Why is it that so many of God’s people don’t ever get a hold of this truth? I am not talking now about lost people: they don’t know any better. But, why is it that so many Christians choose to build their lives on the sinking sand produced by the philosophies of this world? Years ago, when my wife and I first started out in our Christian life, we determined that we were going to do the best that we could to build our home according to the principles found in the Word of God. Many of our friends thought that we were a little extreme with some of the things that we did, but I can honestly say that we have no regrets. As the song says, God has blessed our lives “beyond measure”. In fact my only regrets are that there were times that we could have followed the Lord a little more closely.
How about you? Are you building your house upon the rock of the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you daily tuning in to the broadcast from Heaven; or are you content to listen to all of the babble coming from the talking-heads of this sin cursed world? I choose God. He has never done me wrong yet; and I know that I can trust Him to keep my house standing until until I have finished all that He has for me to do here on the earth.
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