#34. God's Word is a Sure Foundation for Life
“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My wo
rds and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid afoundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well bu
ilt. 49 “But the one who has heard and has
not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of
that house was great.”
Jesus gives us His evaluation of two different sorts of people. On the one hand, there arethose who hear His words and live their lives accordingly - putting into practice the thingsthey hear from Him. On the other hand, there are those who hear His words and turn adeaf ear to them, so that they do not follow His commands and His instructions. Which areyou?The first set of people, He says, have a solid foundation so that when trials and difficultiescome upon them like a tsunami, they will not be swept away and destroyed by the force of them. Their foundation is firm and cannot be undermined, weakened and eroded bytroubles and hardships, or indeed by the Judgment on the Last Day.How different is the fate of the second group of people, who have no firm footings for theirlife, All they have are vague hopes that somehow everything will turn out alright. Butvague hopes are no help when the flood of troubles and difficulties come upon us - andthose who build their hopes upon them find their lives in ruins, and are swept away todestruction like many of the structures we witnessed in that horrendous Japanese tsunami.Like a tidal wave, afflictions can come upon us with little warning. There is often no time tostrengthen the underpinnings of our lives before they are put to the test. That's why it isimportant to make sure today that we have a sure foundation for our lives before it's too
late. The final trial that each of us will face is the Judgment of God and there is only onefoundation we can trust in that is strong enough to enable us to endure that - the savingwork of Jesus Christ!Where does Jesus point us in the passage above so we can make sure we have thisfoundation in our lives? He says we have to know His words and act upon them. Where willwe find His words? In the Bible, and we can hear them preached from the pulpits of faithfulchurches. As we begin another new week, then, here are a few questions for us to reflecton:
Is my life built on this firm foundation - am I seeking in my life to discover and obeyall the commands of Jesus? (If not, you need to turn from your sins and trust in Jesusalone to save you and to give you new life and a solid foundation for the trials that areahead.)
Am I searching the Bible every day to know more about how He wants me to live? If not, how will you cope when the trials come upon you?
Am I being careful not just to read the Bible and hear it preached, but to live my lifeaccordingly? It is not enough to be hearers of the Word, we must also be doers of it.Let's get busy with our life-foundations in this coming week!