House On The Rock
ďAnyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it wonít collapse, because it is built on rock. Matt 7:24-25
Not too long after I became a Christian I went to visit with my mother and father. I lived out of state and rode the bus. On this bus ride, everyone who had the fortune or misfortune to sit with me or strike up a conversation heard about how Jesus had saved me from a life of sin.
When I got to my parents house, they sat me down and instructed me on prayer and the reading of the Word. They gave me a little book that would help me to get started on what they called "a good foundation." I hadnít found a church to go to, so I was in dire need of some direction. Young in the Lord, I was on fire with the wonderful experience that had brought me thus far.
When people asked questions after testifying of my salvation, I didnít have any answers for them because I hadnít established my foundation on the Word. My foundation was thus far built on my salvation experience. So thus began a love for the Lord that surpassed that first salvation experience, by finding out just who my Savior really was.
In studying one day, in a book I have on Jewish Customs, I discovered that in order for people in those days to build their houses on the rock they had to dig deep, at least 20 ft. down. The Lord showed me that day that He wanted me to dig deep into His Word to establish my foundation. This was the beginning of a love for studying the Word and having the Holy Spirit speak to me some awesome things. My discoveries may have seemed small to those whoíd been a Christian for a time, but I hadnít been spoon feed these truths - I dug for them myself. I still dig today.
Iím still discovering the hidden truths of God's Word, it may not be anything new or different from what others have discovered, but here is the real truth of these discoveries - they are real to me and they have given me life and sustenance. They are wonderful things that make life worth living.
Psalm 119:105; Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
Lord I pray today that You would show me clearly the path before me, light my way with the truth of Your words. May they quench my thirsty soul with the knowledge of You. I pray Lord that Your children would recognize the need that we all have to be firmly fixed in truth and righteousness, that it comes through building a relationship of discovering You.
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