Luke 6:46-49 (NIV)
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed, and its destruction was complete.”
How steady am I when the storms of life come my way? I desperately want to be that house whose foundation was laid on the rock. But, sadly, sometimes I am like that house that collapsed under the violent flow.
Sometimes, I live my life in my own power; I do it my way…and it shows.
There is only one way I can demonstrate my life on the rock. And that is to live my life on the rock.
Jesus Christ must be my Lord; which means, as it is written in Luke 6:46, I must do what Jesus says. The only way I can possibly hope to be obedient to Christ, is to first know him and what he says; and that I can find in his Word; the Holy Bible.
My next step is to obey, to put those words into practice…and that can be tough. When many of those storms come my way, I can’t do that no matter how hard I try. I give it my best shot, and then I turn to Jesus and ask forgiveness for my failure.
Do you know what I mean? Can you relate?
That’s why I was so happy years ago when I learned more good news, and it is this; I am not required to do this life on my own strength.
I am not strong enough; I will fail.
But the Lord promises me that when I rely on him, he will give me all the strength I need. He will be my solid rock; my foundation. Then, in the storms, I will not falter, I will not fail; I will come out standing strong. I will show evidence of being his child because I put into practice what he said.
I will not be shaken!
Bless you today as you continue to turn to Jesus in all you do, think, and speak.