Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB): “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
As we enter a New Year, I hear many people expressing concern and anxiety over what 2017 will bring. At the same time, I am also encouraged by others who are looking forward to this New Year, connected with their belief in God’s absolute power and authority over the entire earth. God is in control of all creation, and He promises to always be with us, in both good moments and during difficult times. Are you willing to place your complete faith and trust in God instead of the things of this world? Don’t allow the news media or society to shape your beliefs and the way you approach each day. Begin each day by turning to God, through his Word and prayer, and trust that God will direct your steps.
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to not only “hear” His words but to “act” upon them. As people of faith, we certainly must have Christ as the foundation of our lives. What foundation is your life built upon? Will it withstand the many difficulties and troubles of life that will come your way this year? If the way you live your life is built around your faith and trust in God, then you are on a solid foundation. Your life is built on the rock and not on the sand. When troubles come your way – and they most assuredly will – you will be able to withstand those momentary difficulties, and your faith and trust in God will be greater. You will emerge from those trials with a stronger and more complete faith. God will not let you fall!
However, if the foundation of your life is shallow, and built upon the sand, you are destined for trouble. When the many storms of daily life come your way, you will not be able to withstand those difficulties and your fall will be great. People like this- look to the “world” – to satisfy their longings, and their trust is placed in the things of this world instead of the creator of the universe. So when things begin to go wrong for them, they lack the foundation to effectively cope with their problems. They have failed to pay attention to the words of Christ and have instead followed society’s guidance and “wisdom.”
So I urge you to commit to begin, or to continue, building up the foundation of your very life upon the rock of God and Christ. The storms of life will most certainly come your way this year, and you must have a strong foundation, in order to withstand these difficult and trying moments of life. Will you be “wise” and build your foundation upon the rock, or will you be “foolish” and build the foundation of your very life upon the sand? The choice is yours and I urge you to choose the foundation that is built upon the rock.