“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. 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. Matthew 7:24-25
Some of us know this story well, we can sing the song and do the actions without thinking very much about the truth behind the words. Reading it again this morning I was struck deeply by the simplicity and the reality of what Christ was explaining to us. I recognised the reality of its truth in my own life.
When we practice the words of Christ we build a solid foundation that stands, even when the most difficult situations arise.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’’love your neighbour as yourself’ Matthew 22:37,39.
When we begin to love God our priorities change, we change the way we act and think. When we learn how much he loves and accepts us then we can love others with the compassion he has for us. It changes our world. It changes our reactions. It changes our lives.
How do we hear the words of God? How do we develop that relationship with God, the creator of the universe and our maker? Through the resurrected power of Jesus. The Holy Spirit our counsellor enables us. As we knock on the door through prayer God answers and situations change. The bible teaches us the way to go. Even when the world would say otherwise, following biblical example enables us to stand when the storms rage all around. When life throws curved balls. Put God first and do it His way and you will stand. It’s not easy; God never said it would be. The rain and storms will come.
People often ask me how I coped with having triplets. The answer is simple; it wasn’t easy but prayer got me through. They went to bed I prayed, forget the washing up and tidying I needed time with God. We were in need (money was very tight) I prayed for specifics and God provided. I was overwhelmed, I prayed psalms back to God. When relationships became difficult I fasted and I held onto truth, I shouted at God and told him how I felt. I acknowledged my situation and my helplessness and he came and comforted me. Now I can comfort other with the comfort I have been given. I look back and see the benefit and the power of prayer. My family, my marriage, the church, my jobs, my friends. I stand amazed at Gods faithfulness and the fruitfulness of time spend with Him.
Prayer and the truth in the word of God really does light your path through life and is the only rock to build on.
Written by Jane Reynolds