Daily Devotional 2-12-20

A Sure Foundation 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. Matthew 7:24-27

Life, they say, is not fair. And, yes, this rings so true if you have lived long enough on this beautiful planet. You may have encountered many challenges, and you may have even asked, “Why me, God?”  Well, Jesus did not promise a trouble-free faith. In fact, He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). 

In the kingdom of God, obedience distinguishes the wise from the foolish. He identifies the wise person as someone who walks according to the word of God. Wise people are excited about a word from God. They are more concerned about how the word transforms and shapes their lives.  They submit and adhere to the full counsel of the word of God. He who is wise finds assurance, safety, and peace in the word of God, as opposed to the unwise who seeks peace outside of Christ and His word. The unwise, according to Jesus, is only a hearer and a non-practitioner of the word. An invitation to the obedience of God’s word may seem harsh and cold to the one who builds his life in the sand, but the doer of the word of God surely builds his life on Christ––the sure foundation for our life.

Whatever we seek to build, be it, marriage and other relationships, finances, social significance, job, ministry, family life, etc., it will be tested through stress, discouragement, disappointments, anxiety, sickness, loss, disconnections, etc.  The one who walks with the word of God shall be upheld, but the disobedient shall crumble. “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9), because we have a sure foundation—Christ Jesus. 

You may behave contrary to God’s word some of the time, but don’t make disobedience a lifestyle. Arise, repent, accept Christ’s forgiveness and live the beautiful life He saved you to live.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, free me from myself into obedience in you