Read: Matthew 7:24-27
Review: Jesus said that those who hear His Words and practice what He says is “like a man who built his house upon the rock and the rains fell and the floods came , and the winds blew and beat on that house but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock.” But everyone who hears His words but does not practice what he hears is “like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and when the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house , it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Reflection: It’s one thing to know the truth but entirely another to actually practice it. Knowing something is important, but what good is it to anyone if they do not use that knowledge to build their life on it. Jesus is that Rock, the Truth we trust in all circumstances. He is the sure foundation for eternal life. It is foolish to understand what to do but not do it. When we practice the Truth which Christ preached, we have His strength in all circumstances.
Relate: I recall the time we were threatened by hurricane Irma. The reports we heard were that the winds would be a category 5 and create a storm surge which would flood our home. While we were told to evacuate, the Lord was telling us to stay for we had friends in our home who fled to us for safety. God kept sending us His Word through a Bible Application on my grand-daughter’s iPhone, while the news kept reporting disaster. After my husband and I inquired of the Lord in prayer, we received His peace and remained. Also, the Lord reminded my husband our home was 12 feet above sea level which he felt also insured our safety.
Through prayer and believing His Word, the hurricane winds were reduced to a category 2 when it reached us. We prayed for our family and friends properties and discovered there was little or no damage after the storm. God’s Word is a solid Rock on which we stand, but if in our life we don’t actually put it to practice, what good does it do us. We might as well have remained ignorant of it then to have known God’s faithfulness but not believed it for ourselves. You really don’t believe it until you incorporate it into your daily living.
(Psalm 46: 1-11)
References that Relate:
1 Samuel 30:6, Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 10:4, 2 Samuel 22:47, Romans 9:31
Responsive Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that your Word is the Truth in which we stand and by your Holy Spirit bringing it to our attention we can apply it to our life in all circumstances. I praise you for your Word and your faithfulness to all who put their trust in you. (Isaiah 64:4)