A Life on the Rocks

“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.”  Matthew 7:24

When I stepped out on this bed of rocks today to take this picture I thought certain it was going to be rather uneventful.  These rocks had been there for some time now and I figured they had settled into the ground pretty securely.  Boy, was I wrong!!  Despite my confidence in what appeared to be a wise and stable moment quickly turned into a very weebly and wobbly near death experience!  O.K., maybe not near death, but I almost fell flat on my bum!

How often do we find our lives much like this very thing?  We know the cliche already of “not building our house on the sand.”  That, we know, is a bad idea!  So instead of sand we choose rocks!  After all, they look a lot more stable!

How many rocks do you have lining the bed of your life?  Is your life on the rocks?  You may be asking what rocks am I talking about?  Well, let’s look at this for just a moment.  What are some things in your life where you place your trust, your dependence, your time, your hope, your confidence, your future, your success or maybe even your career?  And maybe, just maybe a few of those have found you great reward, satisfaction or worth.  So, in those victories you have placed your feet — stood there, confidently stable.  But that position gets old eventually and you will grow weary.  Those rocks will fail you every time because they were placed there by you!

God, through Christ’s parable of the wise man, showed us what happens to the man who places his trust in a sandy foundation.  His house grew weary and “fell with a great crash.”  But the man who placed his trust in a firm foundation built on The Rock never grew weary!  God has encouraged us to place our trust, our dependence, our time, our hope, our confidence, our futures, our success and even our careers upon the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ!  When we are living a life through the life of Christ all these things flow from a bedrock of love and grace!  It’s a Life on THE ROCK!

“For who is God besides the Lord?  And who is the Rock except our God?”  II Samuel 22:32

by: Mark Cruver

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