Wednesday Word 5.2.2018
Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Life is hard. It is especially hard when you have no one to guide and support your efforts; no one to care for you. Our lives are filled with choices every minute of the day. What to believe, what to think, what to do? I believe that my life has benefited from the very beginning on account of the character and behavior of my parents, the age and society into which I was born, and dozens of other factors to which I made no contribution. With all that advantage (for which I am so grateful), life is still hard. What makes life all the more difficult is that I am bound and determined to make my own choices. My initial reaction is to try to think my way out of whatever situation I may find myself. I try to carry whatever load and plow ahead. That is when I am reminded by the pouring rains, the rising streams and the crushing winds, that I am on sinking sand, just like in that old hymn. I am the source of my greatest challenges.
It is when I remember to whom I belong, that the winds begin to calm. It is when I remember his words that I can feel the tide rising against me subside. This passage comes at the end of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Those are words to guide us in our everyday choices: what to do and what to choose. They are reminders that we are never alone. The Scriptures are filled with these words. They won’t make all the tough times disappear, but they will make a difference in how we weather those times. I am learning to hold fast to those words, especially when I mess up…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki