“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
I can’t help humming the hymn, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…”. Of course it is referring to this verse. And I understand it. I am sure you do as well if you have lived on this earth for any length of time. Life happens. Things are not all rosy and pretty and sunshine, are they? Christ knew that.
Notice he doesn’t say if by some chance the floods, wind and rains come. They did. They will. Floods of sorrow and disappointments that drown your pillow in tears in the middle of the night, winds of economic changes that threaten to blow your plans for the future apart, and rains of circumstances that drench your dreams. When it happens. When.
One thing I learned as a house owner is that you need to care for the foundation or it will crack. In times of scorching drought, you must water near the base. In winter, you must keep it insulated, in the spring, it has to be sealed, in the fall, debris must be cleared away. Constant maintenance.
It is the same with our souls. We must care for them daily, remind ourselves Who is the Foundation in our lives and keep watering the base with the Word, insulate it against attack, clear away the debris of the world and seal it with the Holy Spirit. We can keep our faith from cracking by daily praying to the King of Kings, so when the bad things in our lives loom like dark clouds, we can dig our toes in deep into the Rock and as we say in my neck of the woods, “honker down.”
Question: Have you noticed any cracks on your faith? How will you repair it?
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder…for no one can lay any foundation other than that one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11