Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation

Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation

“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 upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7: 24-25)

Build Life on Solid Foundation

Someone once said that life is the sum total of the choices we make. We are the product of our decisions. In this concluding section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is pointing out that we have the option to make wise choices or foolish choices. He also made it very clear that our choices have consequences.

Are you building on a solid foundation? Will your life withstand the storms and trials that will come your way?

In the story before us, Jesus compared wise choices and foolish choices. The wise man built his house on rock. The foolish man built his house on sand. Each man had the opportunity to make a decision that would have a lasting effect upon his life. One man made a wise decision. One man made a foolish decision.

What is a solid foundation? Jesus tells the answer to this question in verse 24, “whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them , I will liken to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” In Luke 6: 48a Jesus added, He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. The foundation that will withstand the storms of life is a life that is lived in disciplined obedience to the revealed Word of God. The foundation of a building is not the most glamorous or attractive part of a building. It is usually hidden from view and rarely receives compliments, but it is the most important part of the building. The foundation determines the strength and durability of the building. And so it is with life, we tend to focus on appearance and style and convenience rather than the less popular fundamentals.

If you desire a life that will withstand the trials and tests of time, then you must live a life of disciplined obedience to God’s Word. Jesus said any other choice will be classified as foolish, dull and sluggish. Or, as we would say today, the man who built his house on sand made a stupid decision. Be a wise Christian; build your life on the Rock. – Dr. Roger Willmore is a contributor to our devotional, Real Victory for Real Life 2 and will be teaching this summer at America’s Keswick

Keswick, America’s  (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 2379-2405).  . Kindle Edition.

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 5-6

Think About This: Part of what it means to be God’s children is to accept that He knows, and that He will bring what is best into our lives – not what we want every time, but what is ultimately best for us. Charles Paul Conn

Bible Memory: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

One thought on “Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation

  1. Jeff Ludwig, Brooklyn, NY says:

    I appreciate these verses and commentary by Pastor Wilmore. The Lord has given me a stability that I lacked prior to being saved about 27 years ago. After being saved, the Lord led me back into my original career — teaching. It was a rough inner city high school. On my first day, one of the girls stood at the back of the room, and said, “We got rid of the other three teachers before you (I took over the teaching program in March after three teachers had resigned), and we’ll bet rid of you.” The stress was tremendous. Chaos reigned everyday, especially during periods 6 and 7. My life was repeatedly threatened. Chairs were thrown in class. Fights broke out. The students heckled me. Obscenities were commonly used to “express themselves.” The Green sisters (twins) verbally harassed me. The students were loud and inattentive. It was a nightmare zone. Many days I would go home from school and stare at the wall for 1-3 hours. How can this be Lord, I repeatedly asked myself, although I was certain that the Lord had led me back into teaching and into this situation. Yet, I knew that Jesus was my rock. In Him would I trust. Although I wrote dozens of resignation letters, I never submitted one. I knew I would never submit one, but the writing of the letters was a kind of “safety valve” to express my frustration and disgust. I prayed. The Prayer Warriors, a group of women at my church, prayed for me everyday during sixth and seventh periods, the worst time of my day. Most of the women were home health care companions who worked the night shift and met daily for prayer. Jesus was my rock, my stability through those terrible days. Despite the turmoil in my mind and emotions (often experienced), I stood on his firm foundation. He is/was my rock of stability. In Him will I trust. In Him I trusted. I got through that first term. One of the nasty students said as we neared the end of the term, “Well, you made it, didn’t you.” “Yes, I did,” I answered. Then she maliciously added, “But it wasn’t easy was it.” That was the understatement of the year or of the decade. No. It wasn’t easy. Jesus never said it would be easy. But He took me through, and wonder upon wonders, I kept on going, and made it through 21 years until my retirement in 2012. Thank you Lord for your mercy and blessings!!

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