MATTHEW 7:25_and beat upon that house…
Rains, floods, and winds cause destruction on their own, but combined they cause catastrophe. Jesus says they beat upon the house. Jesus, the Stonemason, is in the process of building you a house—it is your life.
What are the rains, floods, and winds which beat upon your house? They are the hurts and struggles you experience in life. The struggles which draw you closer to your rock Jesus or closer to your captor the devil.
Remember the parable of the persistent widow who did not give up making appeals to the judge? The parable begins in Luke 18:1, ‘And he spake a parable unto them [disciples] to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.’ The purpose of the parable is to teach persistent prayer. Prayer is an essential rock. The word faint in this verse can mean lack courage or lose heart. During the days when life beats you up do not lose heart. Do not forsake prayer. It is an overcomer.
When Job’s life was beat upon, his so-called friend said to him, Job 4:4-5 (KJV), “Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees. 5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.”
Struggles will beat on you—be rock ready.
Savior, Help me be rock-solid to face the struggles of life. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is the Rock of prayer and courage—I want that!