A House that Stands

 

Today I was reminded of a newscast I once saw. It was during hurricane season, and it showed the houses that had been destroyed by the hurricane.

It was a scene that stays with me. As the camera lens spanned the beach, piles of wood and debris lay where houses once stood – expect for ONE house.  It remained intact.

I wondered what made the difference. It would be several days before I would know the answer to that question.

Days later, someone mentioned that exact house to me.  The one I had seen in a photo.  They asked if I had heard the details of that house.  I responded that I had not heard about it, but I was curious.  I listened intently for what was to come.

I was told the house was owned by a couple that live in my city.  When they built the house, they were given 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.

Oh, I still love this true story today!

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.”

The Bible is plain.  If we want our house to remain standing in the day of the storm, it must be built upon Jesus (the Rock) and His Word.  There is no other way our house can stand.

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 His word.  Pray the word.  Believe the word above anything and everything else.  In doing this, we build our house upon the Rock. A house built upon the Rock will stand firm.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite scriptures, found 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 simply 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.  Those who have deep roots have no reason to fear a storm.  They know they are founded and built up in 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 says so.

Are your roots deep enough?  Can they withstand a storm?  Are you firmly built upon the Rock?  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 depends upon that truth.

 

 

Appoint My Days

Today, I choose to rejoice in the Lord.  I will rejoice and be glad.  For You Father, have filled me with joy and peace as I trust in You.  I overflow in confident hope today through the power of Your Holy Spirit!

Romans 15:10-13