“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)
I want the foundation of my life to be secure. I want to build the foundation of my life on solid rock that will be able to withstand the storms of life. I do not want to build the foundation of my life on sand that will be swept away in a storm. Those are very wise and good desires. What material should become the foundation of my life? How can I live a life that will be able to withstand the storms of life? You are wise in knowing that you will certainly go through storms in life. In this broken world that has been corrupted by sin, storms are certain to come your way. You are wise in asking how you can live a life that will be able to withstand the storms of life. Your faith has helped you to believe that I can and will help you to withstand the storms of life. You have asked an excellent question about how to build a sure and rock solid foundation.
If you want to build your life on a rock-solid foundation you must come to me and do two things. Coming to me will mean that you will be relying on me to build the foundation of your life. You are not the builder of your own foundation. Your hard work and your own effort will not build a rock-solid foundation for your life. Will you come to me so that I can build a rock-solid foundation for your life? Yes Lord, I will come to you. I will rely on you to build the foundation of my life. That will be very good.
What are the two things I must do to build a rock-solid foundation for my life? Never think that you are a passive participant in my building the foundation of your life. The two things that you must do will require your best effort and all your strength. Are you ready to hear what I have to say to you? Yes Lord, I am ready to hear all that you have to say to me. That’s good, because the first thing you must do is listen to my word. You must come to meet with me in my word. You must listen carefully to all that I have to say to you. You must take my word into your heart and mind and life. You must make my word your very own. You must hold on to my word. You must claim my word. You must pray my word. You must allow my word to dwell in you richly. You must allow my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Does this sound easy to you? No, it does not sound easy to me. That’s good, as I have said, hearing my word will require your best effort and all your strength. I understand, what else must I do to allow you to build a rock-solid foundation for my life? You must put my word in practice. It will not be enough for you to only hear my word. You must do what my word says. Will you hear my word and put it in practice? Yes Lord, I will. Then your life will have a rock-solid foundation that will withstand the storms of life.
Lord, I will listen attentively to your word. I will let your word soak into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. I will make sure to put your word into practice as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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