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.”
In this parable, Jesus admonishes us to put action to His teachings. We are called to be doers of His word. Hearing the word in a Sunday morning sermon is a great and necessary thing. However, Jesus does not want us to stop there. He commands us to actively use the power and strength of His word in our daily living. As we seek to apply His word in situations and circumstances, He promises to be the constant solid rock that protects, comforts and sustains us through the various storms of life.
The application of His teachings empowers us with wisdom beyond our own understanding. As we surrender to his word and place our hope in Him, we build on a firm foundation that is sure to stand the test of time.
One of my favorite hymns “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” has carried me through some of the most difficult times in my life. The song starts with the declaration of God’s Grace. Then it speaks of the application of Grace in times of trouble. The hymn ends with the ultimate realization of God’s Amazing Grace.
During the Covid 19 Pandemic, this verse has brought so much comfort:
His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
The Covid 19 Pandemic has brought with it many challenges and restrictions for almost 2 years now. Who would ever thought that it would last this long? Many of us have experienced trials and struggles in education, employment, finances, supply shortages, health, and death of family members. When the storms of life are blowing from every direction, yes it seems overwhelming. However, continue to give God praise and stay anchored to the Solid Rock “Jesus”, who overwhelmingly conquered hell, death, and the grave. Stand on the Solid Rock, and He will strengthen you to be able to respond in each situation in peaceful ways that are pleasing to Him.
On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, all other ground is sinking sand.