Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Solid Rock

Recently I stood on the seashore of the Pacific coast gazing at the rolling waves. The ocean continually snatched up the sand and slowly shifted the shoreline. I purposely positioned both of my feet in the sand, determined that the waves would not move me, yet I began to sink as the sand shifted around me. I felt the water try to pull me out to sea. 
Walking down the beach, I climbed upon some rocks while the water rushed around me. My feet remained in the same place as the ocean currents hit the rocks. Nothing moved as I stood firmly on an anchored foundation. Immediately I remembered a life lesson taught by Jesus thousand of years ago. 
Matthew 5-7 records Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These chapters contain His teachings on the beatitudes, salt and light, the Lord’s Prayer, fasting, worry, judging, and the Golden Rule, to name a few. He finished His instructions to those gathered on the mountain with a lesson about two different foundations. He spoke these words:
“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 sand. 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)
Many different philosophies fill this world, and just like shifting sands, they come and go. If we base our beliefs and principles on the changing currents of the day, we will be washed away by the ebb and flow of the latest trends. But if we believe in Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb who washes us clean with His blood, and anchor ourselves on the promises of His Word, we will find ourselves standing firm on solid rock. No amount of torrential weather will be able to move us away from the foundation set by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Are you standing on solid rock or loose sand? Take time to evaluate the position of your life and where your house has been built. If your foundation is firmly set on believing and living like Jesus, then you have nothing to fear. But if your footing is wobbly because it’s built on shifting sand, then turn your eyes to Jesus and call out to Him. Only He can save you from being washed out to sea.
Hear the words of our Lord:
Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 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.”  Luke 6:46-49 (NASB)
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”  2 Timothy 2:19 (NASB)
He said: I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my solid rock,
    my fortress, my rescuer.
My God is my rock—
I take refuge in him!—
        he’s my shield,
        my salvation’s strength,
        my place of safety.
Because he is praiseworthy,
    I cried out to the Lord,
    and I was saved from my enemies.
  Psalm 18:1-3 (CEB)

I put all my hope in the Lord.
    He leaned down to me;
    he listened to my cry for help.
He lifted me out of the pit of death,
    out of the mud and filth,
    and set my feet on solid rock.
        He steadied my legs.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise for our God.
Many people will learn of this and be amazed;
    they will trust the Lord. 
Psalm 40:1-3 (CEB)

Let Jesus, the solid rock, be your firm foundation and give His praise! 

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
By: Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteous;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Sustain me in the raging flood;
When all supports are washed away,
He then is all my hope and stay.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in him be found,
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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