Today I’m reminded of both happy days at Sunday school singing the song about building my house upon the rock, and I’m also reminded of stormy seasons in my life.
Actually I’m witnessing a storm in my daughter’s life right now. And I stand amazed. How can someone stand so tall in the midst of such a crazy storm? Why am I talking about storms in the first place? haha
It’s A Big Deal
Yes, you guessed it. I’m reading about the house on the rock versus the house on the sand. I’ve read this story many times in the Bible (Matthew 7: 24f), and I’ve wondered what Jesus meant by:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
What sayings is Jesus referring to that we need to hear and do in order to be that wise man who built his house on the rock? It’s kind of a big deal, right?
It’s Not A What, It’s A Who
So I decided to read the story in its context, and look what I found:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
Jesus is talking about the “doing-part” again… Doing the will of His Father. What is this will of the Father that we need to do?
That’s when it’s good to let Bible interpret Bible. Take a look at this:
What is the will of Our Father in heaven?
“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.” 1 John 3:23
His will is for us to BELIEVE! Believe what?
It’s not a what, but a Who.
To Do, Did, Has Done
Believe/trust/lean to/receive Jesus, and everything that He has done for us. He bore our curse, the judgment we deserved, He bore our sicknesses, He became sin, He took our death (!!!) – so that we in Him may be blessed, be healed and healthy, righteous (in right standing with God), have abundant life – to be His beloved daughters and sons enjoying His Presence and Friendship every day for eternity.
And this is exactly it! Jesus is referring to hearing and believing Him. Hearing the Good News and receiving Him as our Saviour; Resting in what He has DONE, and not in what I need to do.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
We Get To Choose
This man’s house was on the rock. The house represents our lives. We get to choose where we place our lives; on sand or on the rock. On people, or on Jesus. On people’s opinions, or on God’s. On our own good works, or on His completed work.
There’s A Part To Play In The Storm
And notice how there’s still rain and floods and winds. We all tend to go through storms and challenges in life. Even as believers. What is our part to play in the storm? Simply rest on the Rock Himself.
Resting on our Rock makes all the difference. The house on the Rock remains standing, while the house on sand does not. He is our Dwelling Place, our Safe Refuge, our Tower of Strength. So present. He is right there. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
How to build your life wisely? Keep on hearing and believing Him – through hearing sermons, spending time in and meditating on the Word, involving Him in our lives…
How to be stable and remain standing in the midst of challenges and storms? Keep on hearing and believing Him.
Yes, that’s why I stand amazed at my daughter in the midst of her storm. Her part is not to be strong, it’s not to understand what is going on, it’s not about sweeping the emotions under the carpet, it’s not about pretence. It’s about being with Jesus. Being loved by Him. Letting go of the hurts and disappointments, and receiving His healing and comfort, His plans and His dreams afresh.