Built on the Rock

cross silhouette on mountain during golden hour
 
The apostle Matthew records Jesus identifying two different foundations. Through this pandemic, the two foundations are quite visible. The first is how someone tried building a house on top of sand.  As the Scriptures mention, Jesus was a carpenter. Therefore, Jesus would understand how and where to build a house. Jesus, Himself, said “…a foolish man builds his house upon sand.” Earlier in that verse, Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” The point of this passage is for us to see we could gather together, and call it church, but if Christ is not faithfully taught and received, then it is not Church. However, once the storms of life roar, its very foundation will crumble and rupture. The book of Isaiah states “…when the enemy shall come in like a flood.”  Satan, the enemy, is known to strike when we least expect him, as stated in 1 Peter 5:8 which reads, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” This means we must be prepared for the storms of life by grounding our faith in Jesus Christ and as Psalm 62:6 states, “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”  Jesus is ultimately our rock in which we should be build our life upon. Therefore, we remember what Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Through patience, faithfulness, and a regular reading of Scriptures, the Lord defends us on the solid rock foundation which will help us when the storms of life come upon us. We habitually check-up on our earthly house, so also, we should be checking up and improving the structure of our faith life.  During these uncertain  times, we need to root ourselves in Jesus, the true, unchanging, vine, and trust the Lord above all things, instead of hoping things will lead me back to God and Finally, a crucial aspect of family is to take time focusing on the Holy Scriptures.  
 
Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, During these times of uncertainty, grant us wisdom and guidance. O Lord, as we read and study Your Word, help us to live our life in a way that is pleasing to you. Help ground our feet into Jesus with His innocent payment for our sins on the cross. Only through your Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

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