“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.
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house;
yet it did not fall
because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine
and does not put them into practice is like
a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
The rain came down,
the streams rose,
and the winds blew against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
Yesterday, as I was prepping for our Women’s Bible Study, I came upon these Bible Verses from Matthew 7.
Instantly I knew it would be a topic for today’s blog.
First, it is a stark reminder that the person who hears the Word of God (the Bible), but doesn’t put it into practise, is going to mess up their lives. A great crash is about to occur when we fail to not only listen but obey God’s Word.
It’s that simple.
Many of you know that our family occupation is being “builders.” My husband started a construction company, now two of our sons run it. Our second son is a landscape technician, so that makes for three builders.
Our daughters build their families with love and discipline while working hard at many tasks alongside this. I am a Biblical Counsellor and work hard at assisting others in rebuilding their lives on the solid rock.
All of us are builders of sorts, aren’t we? We can build for good on the rock of Jesus Christ and the Bible, or we will build our lives on the sand. A life that shifts with the sands and the tides.
Recently we saw theses Bible Verses lived out in full colour.
We saw homes along the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful in appearance, costing upwards of $24,000,00 according to Real Estate
listings visible to all.
As we drove along the Fort Meyers beach towards Sanibel Island, we felt and saw the devastation of the Hurricane Ian, which tore through the area in October 2022. As a result, Ian tore a multitude of shops and homes off the map. Others stood halfway dismantled. Homes had to be rebuilt from top to bottom. The devastation still hung in the air after more than a year had passed.
The concept of building on shifting sands was visually palpable here.
The lesson of Matthew 25 implanted itself deeply into our minds.
A person can have millions, plant a beautiful mansion, or business, but if not constructed on the rock, it will eventually collapse.
Perhaps Christians had built their home away from home there as well. Rebuilding would be vital.
In the end a lesson is obvious. Those who build on shifting sands and don’t cling to the rock may prosper for a season, but a crash will be the result, eventually.
We must all take a moment to consider what we are building our lives upon?
Is it truly the life of Christ, and the precious words of the Bible?
Or are we gravitating between shifting sands and the solid rock?
If a collapse were to occur, rebuilding on the rock would need to happen.
Just as a builder repairs homes, a landscaper remodels gardens, a mother repairs hearts, and a counsellor helps rebuild lives, so God can do with broken hearts and lives that have mistakenly planted their hopes in shifting sands!
Let us all take stock of what and where we are planting our lives today.
May it be we choose the solid rock, and when the wind howls, the snow or sand blows, and the foundations shake, pray with all your heart that God will keep you rooted and established on His solid foundation.
Several members of our church went on a mission trip to Grenada in 2008.
We sang with our sisters and brothers in the Church in Grenada the words to “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.”
The chorus rang out joyfully as we mingled as brothers and sisters in the Lord. “On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
And that just about says it all.