Once the bedrock was exposed, the foundation could then be built. Only then would it remain sturdy against the destructive rains and floods - no matter the season...
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV) “Everyone then who hears these words of mine [Jesus] and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
During the time in which Jesus spoke this parable, His listeners likely knew that within the summer months, the sand that was near the Sea of Galilee was hard because of the sun and heat. A wise builder however would know that when the seasons changed, the hard surface would soften and once the rains or floods hit, the structure built upon that rock would fall. The wise builder would dig several feet below the hard summer surface until he hit the bedrock. Once the bedrock was exposed, the foundation could then be built. Only then would it remain sturdy against the destructive rains and floods - no matter the season. I wonder how often we build on the hard surface, rather than digging deeper to reach the bedrock. Have there been times throughout these trying few months where your foundations were shaken?
To any of us who can relate to fear or distress from our circumstances, it is time to start digging deeper. It is time to dig deeper into the Scriptures for your own study, knowledge, and application from the Holy Spirit. It is time to press deeper into prayer, not only beseeching the Lord on behalf of our families, communities, country, and the world, but also repenting of the shaky foundations we have stood upon that were not Christ. Jesus has laid the foundation for us. Let us not be the foolish man who settled for the hard surface that seemed firm but when the trials and the storms of life came his house fell, “and great was the fall of it.” Let us be like the wise man who built his foundation upon the bedrock…Jesus.
"So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic" (Isaiah 28:16 NIV).
Today’s Bible Reading: Matthew 7:24-27; Isaiah 28:16; 2 Timothy 2:15
A moment to reflect:
What in this 3 part blog series stood out to you the most, why?
Is there a personal challenge you sense the Holy Spirit is inviting you to take, what is it?
Are there specific ways that you can grow in that challenge, what are they?
What are some specific ways you can dig deeper?
Thank you for continuing with us on this third and final 3 part blog on Solid Rock or Bedrock?
-By Nancy Martin; an excerpt from For Such A Time As This: Walking Through Crisis
*A moment to reflect is added for this post