Stability! – It is a precious value in unstable times. People try to find financial, career, family, political, mental, emotional, relational stability in the midst of storms of life. Our times are no different than the times of Christ – people were looking for stability then as they do now.
“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. 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
I know that this is a classic parable, but think about its truth in your life right now. Hearing the words of Jesus, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17); Putting the words of Christ into practice – too often the simple truths of Christ’s words are forgotten in the stormy issues of life, for instance – forgiveness. It is way too easy to expect forgiveness from others than to be the adult in the room and forgive.
The old classic hymn says it well:
“ My hope is built on nothing less;
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Father my prayer today is to establish the beloved in the ability to hear your words and practice them daily. May it cause a great stability in their lives, family and job situation and grant the ability to be storm proof. May Your blessing flow in them and through them every day.