Devotions By Jan

Building on the Rock


Scripture for Today:  Matthew 7:24  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

This house in Three Arch Bay is impressive.  It not only looks over the private beach of that community, but has an incredible unobstructed view!  It looks like it may just last forever, being that it is built on rock.

The verse for today describes the wise man as one who puts the words of Jesus into practice.  He is likened to a man who builds his house on rock.  When I think of rock I think of something strong, solid and durable.  The house will withstand storms because of the foundation.  Isaiah 28:16 says the stone is tested and is a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation.  So, not only do His words serve as the rock on which we build our lives, but Jesus Himself is that Rock!

Some people build their lives on whatever the current thinking is.  And there is so much pressure to follow suit.  But when storms come, their houses fall and their lives are in shambles.  They have based their lives on sinking sand.  Being on the rock means I cannot be swayed.  The rock is not going to slip and slide.  Being on the rock means that my life can be an example to my children and my grandchildren.  At the end of a life built on the rock, there will be something there to pass on to one’s descendants.  I want to pass on a legacy of obedience to Christ that glorifies Him.  I want my family to see in my life that all the blessings I enjoyed were a direct result of my obedience to His words.  Because of Him I will not be moved!

3 thoughts on “Building on the Rock

  1. On Christ the solid Rock I stand — all other ground is sinking sand. — It’s our hymn of the year in DD’s. What a wonderful confirmation. xxxooo


  2. Thank you, Jan, for your daily devotions. I plan to use today’s devotion, your 9/25 devotion, for devotions at Pathway School on Thursday and combine it with a challenge to each teacher to pray at 6:00PM each day until the elections if only for one minute. We must not vote along with the trends of this culture and stand firm on the foundation of the Word. During WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill, who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute, to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect, as the bombing stopped. We in the U.S. now need to pray for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, for peace in the world, the upcoming election, the freedoms not to be taken for granted, and that our laws remain governing our land for freedom and opportunity for all – based on the firm foundation of the Rock. Thanks for breaking bread with the WIKY group just a few short weeks ago. We will continue to lift you up in prayer. Suzy I.


  3. Thank you, Jan. I am encouraged. Your Friend in Wilmington, NC.


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