Standing on the sand at the beach was a real eye-opener to me. When the waves come in, your place in the sand is lost. I tried to stand in the same place as the waves swirled around me, but I ended up nearly falling over. The foundation below me was swept away. So the song goes, “The foolish man built his house upon the sand…”
So I look to the mountains as I drive. On a rock, a solid rock, I stand. Christ is my solid foundation. When I stand on him and his word, when I believe in him, I will not fall over. When I trust in him, I can stand through the storms of life, through everything, because I have him.
A new friend of mine has had a few trials in recent months. Things that make you cry and question what is really happening, and is this really happening. Speaking with her, I was impressed to hear her say over and over, that this is why…God had this in mind. Or, I’m not sure why, but I know that God is with me and he has his reasons.
I’m not sure that I would be able to view things in this light so completely as she portrayed to me. I remember going through trials myself without her complete faith in God, in his plan, following his leading. It was not fun. It was lonely. It was not filled with peace. I think her way of doing things, God’s way, is better.
So I will look to God and learn to abide in him. To run to him and hold onto him and never let go. Everything I hope for comes from him.
Hebrew 6:18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.
Psalm 62:5-8 God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle: I’m set for life. My help and glory are in God —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God— So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be.
Matthew 7:24-25 “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 house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26-27 “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.”