A Firm Foundation, Part 1

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This weekend my church is starting some new programming. We’ve decided to do a one day vacation Bible School. Our theme for the day is going to be “Jesus is our Rock!” So I thought I would try to get into that subject this week. Today we are going to start with Jesus’ own words in Matthew.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sad. The rain fell and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall.” –Matthew 7:24-27, NASB

This passage comes at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus had spoken many great truths to the Jewish people in his message, and knew that it was now up to them to decide what to do with it. He wanted them to know that unlike many others (sometimes called false prophets), he, like God, doesn’t change. You can rely upon Jesus to stay the same no matter what is happening. The comparison of the wise and foolish man is to compare the two choices the people had with his teaching. They could either take it and live lives based on good, unchanging foundations. Or try something else, that is quite possibly going to fail.

Jesus offers the same choice to you and me. He hasn’t changed in the last 2000 years, and he isn’t ever going to change. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NASB). With someone who is that predictable and true, how could we not trust Him. I know that it gets hard. We have our own thoughts and opinions, and there are times that they contradict Jesus. I think this is where we have the hardest time trusting Him, because we say “This seems right to me”. Anytime I’ve ever followed my own opinion verses what Scripture says, I’ve always ended up wrong.

Jesus is our rock and firm foundation. When we build our lives upon Him, we won’t be disappointed. I’m reminded of what God says in Jeremiah,” For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NASB). With plans like that for us, we should probably follow Him since we tends to lead ourselves away from welfare and hope.

We will be looking at more ways God promises to be our firm foundation throughout the week. Let this song be our song for the week.

 

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 17

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