walk in the word
“ . . .Yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock.” Matthew 7:26
Do you want your family to survive? Do you want your marriage to stand strong in the crazy storms of life? Strong families are built on the truth. Jesus said so Himself:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. (“Truth.”) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not act upon them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it fell, and great was its fall.” Matthew 7:24–27
There are two kinds of families: those who are building on the truth—the rock; those who arenot building on the truth—the sand.
Now building on the sand can be pretty tempting. First of all, it’s easy and it looks good on the outside. It frees up a lot of time for other stuff. Building your house on the rock—the truth—takes focus and hard work. It feels like a big hassle sometimes and it doesn’t look any better most of the time. That is, until the storms come.
Notice this—both families encounter storms. The one built on the sand fell and “great was its fall” (v 27). Total, sudden devastation. The house founded on the rock—on truth—stood.
Do you want your family to weather the tough times? Like the ones you’re facing right now? Get your family anchored on the truth. I love 2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for these four things:
Time to live it out. Build your home on the rock of God’s truth by applying these ideas:
Start a regular time of family Bible reading and prayer. Say, “From now on Monday nights at our house, we get the Book open. Right before or after dinner, we spend some time praying together.
Memorize a portion of God’s Word as a family. Just say, “We are a newly married couple and we are going to build our home on the truth. Let’s just start memorizing God’s Word together.” Psalm 127 and Ephesians 6 would be good places to start. If your kids are small, have a contest to learn the books of the Bible together. Give a prize at the end. Make them good prizes, Dad. Don’t be cheap!
Why should you do this? So that a man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work(verse 17). You could even say, thoroughly equipped for the storms. God’s Word contains all the truths we need to be thoroughly equipped for whatever life brings. Build your family on the rock.
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