(Note: God’s Beloved Daughter, devotional and monthly Bible study, is being published! It should be available for purchase through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com at the beginning of the New Year. Today’s entry will be my final blog. Please pray along with me that its publication will touch many lives for the Kingdom.)
As the heart of your home, you are the determiner of its foundation. Jesus tells us the result of purposefully putting the Word into practice. A home founded upon the rock of God’s established principles and expectations will not fall when storms come. But “great and complete” will be the fall of the home of those who choose not to honor the Word. This is not simply metaphorical warning. See how the Message Bible relates the message:
These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his home on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit – but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards. (Matthew 7:24-27)
Jesus is “upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty Word of power” (Hebrews 1:3).
John 1:3 – All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.”
Ephesians 1:9 –Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention} which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in Heaven and things on the earth.
The world we live in was made through Jesus, through the Living Word of God (past). And through that Word He continues to uphold, guide, maintain and propel the universe (present). Further, everything will ultimately come together (be consummated) in Him (future). Everything in this world came through, is through, and will be through Jesus.
So when our Lord tells us of the importance of building our lives, our homes, our families on the rock of that Truth, on the rock of faith in that reality, we can readily see not only the value of that admonition, but its paramount importance in the face of creation reality. To build on any other foundation, on the shifting sand of any other set of values, is the preamble to collapse and to a “great and complete” fall.
“The wise woman builds her home” (Proverbs 14:1) on the rock. She raises her family upon the rock, settles their future upon the rock. Allow the Truth of the Word in its entirety to inform your choices and your words today.
God’s Word on the subject
Matthew 7:24-27 Ephesians 1:9