Matthew 7:24-27 - Building A Firm Foundation.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT) [Jesus said,] Anyone
who listens to my teaching and follows it 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
bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't
obey 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
collapse with a mighty crash.
I took three of our grandchildren to
Doran Beach near Bodega Bay and led them onto the
white sand. We carried our buckets, hand rakes and
trowels, energy bars and Gatorade until we found the
perfect spot: warm sand a hundred feet from the wet
sand and ocean waves. I relaxed and watched the
children run. One brought back treasures of shells,
driftwood, and other flotsam. Naturally, they were
tempted by the sand-lapping waves. The Pacific is
cold, and they screeched like seagulls when their
toes first touched the salt water. Soon they were
ankle-deep, then knee-deep.
A few minutes later, one grandchild ended
up knocked over by an incoming wave. Another
grandchild came to the rescue before I could get there.
We were all in the shallows, but sand has a way
of getting into your clothing. The fallen child
rinsed off in the surf, we rolled up the pant legs,
and she was back to exploring.
Sand and waves are a dangerous
When you stand on sand and the waves go
out, you can feel the ground beneath your feet
being pulled away. If you stand long enough, you
get stuck; the waves keep pounding and you sink
further in the wet sand that grips your legs. Or you
could be knocked over and swept out to sea, maybe
carried away by the current or pulled beneath the
surface by an undertow. When you're standing on
shifting sand instead of solid ground, its easy to
lose your footing.
Jesus' brief parable in Matthew 7 vividly
shows the difference between those who base their
lives on His teaching and those who ignore it.
People who don't heed His words will see their
houses (lives) collapse "with a mighty crash" (v.
27) at the first sign of a storm. Only those who
have Him for their foundation will stand firm
when trouble comes.
I don't want to stand on the
ever-shifting sands of the world's philosophies and
man-made religions. I want to stand on the solid
teachings and promises of God through Christ Jesus who
lived, died, arose, and is coming again.
Lord God, You alone are my firm
foundation. I don't want to experience the insecurity
that comes from trusting in ideas or people that
are constantly changing. Teach me to place my
trust in You. Then I know I will not be shaken, no
matter what storms come my way. [Earth Psalms by
God doesn't want you to simply be a silent
partner. To have a faith that's lasting, you can't
just talk the talk you've got to walk the talk.
The apostle James puts it another way: "But be
ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22). God promises
your faith will be stronger if you really live
your life for Him. [Daily Bible Promise Book By
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Matthew 7:24-27: Building on Rock or Sand?
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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