Monday, July 25, 2022

Build on Bedrock

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock” (Matthew 7:24 NLT).

Surfers know when they “go over the falls” and don’t know which way is up, their surfboard always will float to the top. If they have a leash on their ankle that’s attached to their board, they can follow it to the surface.

In the same way, the Word of God pulls us to the surface, where we can fix our eyes on Jesus and get ourselves back into alignment with God. I can think of so many times in my life when my mind was going in the wrong direction, and I found that simply quoting Scripture righted me.

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave this summary: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7:24-25 NLT).

Then Jesus went on to say, “But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash” (verses 26–27 NLT).

We all will face storms in life as followers of Jesus. So make sure you build on the right foundation of a relationship with Jesus and God’s Word. Don’t build your faith on experience or fickle emotions.

How important is the Word of God in our lives? Success or failure in the Christian life depends on how much of God’s Word you get into your life on a regular basis and how obedient you are to it.

The Word of God restores us. It refreshes us. It transforms us. Build your life as a Christian on Christ and His Word.

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