“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 (NIV)
Would you like your life to be able to withstand the storms of life? Would you like a rock solid sure foundation that cannot be shaken? Yes, I want to be able to withstand the storms of life. Yes, I want a rock solid foundation that cannot be shaken. By now you have had plenty of experience at trying to build your life on what will not be able to withstand the storms of life. What do you mean by that? Have you felt strong and secure? Have you thought you had a life that could withstand the storms of life? Hasn’t what you thought was secure and strong and sure been swept away in one storm or another? Haven’t you come to know what is very shaky and quite unsecure? Now I know what you mean. Yes, I have tried to build my life on what would not hold up in a storm. I am an expert at doing that, I am sorry to say.
How can I have a life that will withstand the storms of life? How can I have a foundation that is strong and secure? You must do two things without fail. First, you must listen attentively to my word. Notice that I used the word, “attentively”. I did not say you must listen to my word casually or occasionally. You must hunger and thirst for my word. You must feast on my word. Notice that I did not say you must nibble on my word. I did not say you must sample my word here and there and now and then. No, you must let my word dwell in you richly. You must meditate on my word day and night. My word will feed you. My word will sustain you. My word will strengthen you. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes, I do. My heart and mind and life must be continually taking in your word. That’s right. You got that right.
What else must I do if I want my life to be built on a secure foundation? It is not enough to simply listen to my word. My word will not benefit your life by merely listening to it. My word will do nothing for you unless you put it into practice. After listening to my word, you must do what it says. My word will teach you. My word will train you. My word will guard and guide your life. My word will help you to know my will. My word will make you able to walk in my walks. Will you listen to my word and put it into practice? Yes, Lord, I will listen attentively to your word. Yes, Lord, I will put your word into practice as I follow and obey you. Then you will have a life that is built on a secure foundation.
Lord, I have tried to build my life on the shaky foundation of what I could either accomplish or acquire. The storms of life will quickly sweep these away. Instead I will now build my life on the secure foundation of daily hearing and putting your word into practice. Amen
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