“The rains came down and the floods came up” was a line in a song that I learned in church as a child. This children’s song is based on the Scripture found in Matthew 7:24-27. In that passage of Scripture, Jesus is concluding His “Sermon on the Mount” and He said: "Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys Me 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 rock. But anyone who hears My teaching and ignores 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 fall with a mighty crash."
Now, Jesus is not talking about building a home; He’s talking about building a life. You see, we are all in the “building business.” Building a life and building a home have some similarities. The most important part of building a home is not what you build, but where you build. Because you would be better off to build a log cabin on a rock than to build a mansion in a swamp.
I heard of a builder many years ago who developed a subdivision of glamorous exclusive homes in Canada. On the outside it was a magnificent subdivision. But winter came, snow fell, the winds began to blow, and all of a sudden, first one house, and then another, began literally to collapse and fall into sink holes. The authorities came, and after questioning the developer they discovered that he had built the entire subdivision on a garbage dump.
Lots of people are building their lives, families and futures on unstable and even hazardous foundations. They are building their lives on the pursuit of wealth, possessions or pleasure – and those types of foundations will not survive the “storms” of life.
What we all need to do is to build our lives, families and futures on “the Rock” who is Jesus Christ – and we do that by making Him our Savior and getting plugged into His church. When we build our lives, families and future on Jesus Christ, we are not only building something that will last – we are building something that will last forever.
What are some steps you need to take to further build your life, family and future on “the Rock”? Begin taking those steps today and you will be able to withstand the “storms” of life.
Tue, September 6, 2011
by Dennis Watson