The House Built on the Solid Rock
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Today’s meditation begins with a test. In which of the following scenarios do you need the Lord’s help?
1) Death of a loved one.
2) A health crisis.
3) Driving to and from work.
4) Buying a new home.
5) Watching TV.
6) Communicating with your spouse.
7) Getting out of bed.
8) Shopping at the mall.
9) Paying bills.
10) Traveling on vacation.
If you answered “all the above,” you’re correct. Christians should want the Lord’s help and protection in every aspect of living. This is not an “I’ll call you when I need you” relationship. And it never is an “only in emergencies” association. We should desire the Lord’s help every moment of every day.
The house built on the Solid Rock seeks the Lord’s counsel.
Whenever we leave the Lord out of our life decisions and experiences, we do so in vain. Yes, even when shopping at the mall we need his protection. And if running up the credit card is a weakness, we need His strength and wisdom.
The house built on the Solid Rock is consistently maintained.
An automobile requires maintenance. Failure to change the oil, replace worn tires, or change your brake pads will ultimately lead to trouble. In fact, when we let things go, replacement and repair are more costly than maintenance.
Christians need spiritual maintenance to be prepared for life’s various challenges. A consistent regimen of prayer and Bible study is essential. Without it there will be trouble down the road.
In my neighborhood, there are many beautiful homes. Some — not so much. The beauty of a property, or lack thereof, is proportionate to the time and care that go into it.
Christians with a sweet spirit who stand strong in the faith, even in times of trouble, have devoted themselves to caring for the house built on solid rock. Jesus said:
“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.” (Matthew 7:24-25)
The house built on the Solid Rock acts on God’s word.
Words have power when put into practice. Take action on the words of your personal trainer and you’ll get stronger. Heed the advice of your doctor, and you’ll feel better. More importantly, when we take action on the Lord’s words, we become like that wise man who built his house on the rock, able to withstand the storms of life.
Of course, there are words we act upon that lead to trouble. Unwise counsel abounds. All the more reason for keeping our spiritual house in order.
To become a Christian is to confess aloud that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) But that’s just the beginning. When you build upon the Rock of salvation, you must then go to work on getting your house in order, maintaining it properly.
The house built on the Solid Rock includes God in all aspects of life.
Our focus text reveals that God is to be included in every aspect of our lives. All attempts to the contrary are in vain. Jesus said:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Never sway from the Solid Rock and always take care of the structure that has been built there. It’s your greatest treasure, you’re most valuable possession.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.