Words from the Heart for Sunday June 7th, 2020
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.
Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)
The House on the Rock
A Belgian Jesuit missionary forever disparaged Maligne Valley, labeling its river the French word for “wicked” after falling off his horse while fording its waters. The river runs into a canyon and lake that now go by the same name. The biggest glacier-fed lake in the Rockies—and the second largest in the world, azure Maligne Lake has also been called Sore Foot Lake, so named by a 19th-century rail surveyor after his own difficult journey in this remote wilderness.
Friends of ours live on the side of a mountain with a stunning view of the Thompson River in British Columbia. To get to their house, you have drive up roads that are hewn out of the rocky hills that form the valley. I’ve often thought that it has to be one of the most stable houses I’ve ever seen because of the rock upon which it is built. It is a good example of what Jesus taught his followers in Matthew 7:24-25: “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.” When we come into a relationship with Jesus Christ through faith, we establish our lives on the One who is the Rock. But that is just the beginning. We build the house of our lives by studying what He teaches us and then putting it into practice. If you want a life that is stable and fulfilling, build your life on Jesus and His Word.
These have been words from the heart.