This morning I was reminded of a story I once heard about a beach house in Florida. It was during the time of Hurricane Michael. One morning I was watching the news when it was showing the damaging effects of the storm. As the cameras spanned the beachfront, all of the houses were gone, completely gone, but one. One house stood alone, undamaged by the hurricane.
I was astounded by this visual and I couldn’t help but wonder what made this house different from all the others. A few days later, someone mentioned that exact house to me. They asked if I had heard the details of it. I had not, but I was certainly curious. I couldn’t wait to hear its story.
She shared with me that the house was owned by a couple that live in my city. When they built the house, they were told the building regulations for how deep the posts had to go to build on the beach. They decided to go deeper than the actual regulations. They went down ten feet deeper than was required.
In their building process, each time they were given the minimum regulations, they went above and beyond what was required. In doing so, when the storm came that took out most houses in their area, their home was intact. It stood firm.
Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Therefore, whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
I had never seen a clearer pictures of this scripture from the Bible than I did that day.
The Bible is plain. If we want our house to remain in the day of a storm, it must be built upon Jesus (the Rock) and His Word. There is no other way our house can stand when the storms of life hit.
As I pondered on this fact about the house on the beach, I realized, it is always in our best interest to do more than is required.
It is not enough to go sit in a church service every Sunday. That will not keep us in the day of trouble. We must make sure our house is daily built upon the Word of God. We must speak His Word over every area of our life and refuse to speak anything that does not line up with God’s Word.
We must be diligent to read the Word daily. Study it. Pray it. Believe the Word above anything and everything else. In doing this, we build our house upon the Rock, and it will stand firm in the days of adversity.
I love the scripture in Colossians 2:7; Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (NLT)
We must let our roots grow down deep into God and His Word. Our lives must be built upon Him if we want it to stand in the day of trouble.
Just as with the house on the beach, we must go deep into God and His Word. And then, go deeper still. Make every day a day to go a little deeper in God. Why? For those who have deep roots have no reason to fear a storm. They know they are founded and built upon God and His Word and nothing can move them. They know they have a promise from God that supersedes any storm that can come their way. They know…no weapon formed against them shall prosper…because the Word of God proclaims it.
Are your roots deep enough? Can they withstand a storm? Are you firmly built upon the Rock? When all the houses around you are falling, will yours stand firm? Now more than ever before, it is a time when deep roots are vital. Make sure your roots are deep in Him and in the Word of God. Your house, your life and your family depend upon that truth.