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 7:25 (NIV)
When all you see are wild waves and all you hear is whipping winds, doubts can begin to threaten your total drowning! In a lifeguarding class I learned that swimmers threatened by drowning rarely relax upon their rescue’s arrival. Rather, they panic and cling to their rescuer to the point everyone’s survival is in jeopardy!
Matthew 7:24-29 describes two homes within two identical storms. In one sinariou the home is destroyed; in the other, the home is just fine! Same severe storm yet very different outcomes! To bring this illustration home, let’s make “home” represent any part of our lives such as our families, friendships, careers, hopes and dreams… Now, how do we make sure our “home” makes it out of life’s storms without crashing down?! According to this passage in Matthew the key is in what we tune into.
We can let the cause and effect of life’s storm (the wind and waves) consume our focus OR we can focus our mind on the Words of God. If our mind holds the seed of Truth, it will begin to grow our emotions, which will bloom into action. 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. (verse 24) God is our Rock. He has given us great and precious promises to cast our anchor of sure hope into so that when the storms come (and they will come – John 16:33) we can emerge stronger, rooted on the rock solid foundation of God’s trustworthy promises! (Colossians 3:1-2, Hebrews 12:1-3, 2 Peter 1:4, Hebrews 6:19)
James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. This is a promise that can bring peace to our peril. Resist the enemy, of your heart, mind, soul, home… and he will flee! Praise God who has made us vessels of His overcoming strength and victory! The power to resist the enemy is found in humble submission to Almighty God. (1 Peter 5:6-8, Philippians 4:7)
A drowning victim risks his rescue fighting to save himself when actually his saving would come in humble submission, in laying still within the rescue swimmer’s arms. We too will find the strength to sustain us in any of life’s storms through choosing to submit and trust God. Submission is anything but a passive move. It takes more strength to submit than to assert your own will. We see Jesus exemplify this strength in the Garden of Gethsemane as he heads to the cross for us. Mark 14:36 (NIV) states, “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Submitting to God’s will, His way and His timing will require trust and a choice made over and over again to align our will with His higher one. The effect of this kind of living causes a “home” to be rooted on the sure foundation of Truth, and this “home” will not fall. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Let the Truth you know, soak down into your soul. Anchor your foundation on the Rock that chose to rise in the midst of His greatest storm so that we wouldn’t have to come crashing down in ours. Rise on the Rock dear one.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. … He says, “Be still and know that I am God;… Psalm 46:5,10 (NIV) For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV) I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 (NLT)