Stand On It | Devotion #2: Stand on it…or not
Carole Combs | Women’s Ministry
There once was a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house (and they will), but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. There once was a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Why? It is because it did not hear or do the words of the Lord (Matthew 7:24-27). As Jesus spoke these words to his hearers along the shores of the Galilean Sea, it was an obvious picture to His listeners. Of course, why would anyone build a house on the sand? The sand will only erode when the winds and the rains come. But Jesus wanted the people to look much deeper into their souls. He wanted them, as well as you and I, to see where or upon what we are building our houses (our lives).
Yes, this world will be stormy and will make us feel like we have just been physically beaten up at times. However, where you and I have built our foundation is vital for our house to keep standing during these storms of life. Jesus told the listeners that it was a wise person who built upon they rock. That rock is Jesus. Everything that appears like a rock is false. This world we live in has many temporal and shaky foundations. They may appear to be stable, when in fact, they are just a pile of sand. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings (Hebrews 13:8-9). It is completely foolish (I am not calling you this, God’s Word is using this description) to trust in or build upon anything but the rock, Christ Jesus.
The woman at the well had tried so many avenues in her life to try and find stability. She even tried people hoping they were the answer to her incompleteness and instability. I had a woman tell me that her husband was her rock. Her statement scared me for her. People are mortal and sinful. If you or anyone are trusting in a person to be their stability or rock, they will be disappointed and will keep looking because they will fail you. Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So you can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” The woman at the well had an encounter that day with the true rock. She realized that everything in her life that she built upon continually crashed around her. It was not the people in her life; it was not the things she wore or the home decor. This is a big one for many; it was not even her children or grandchildren. She realized that everything in her life was temporary and she was standing before the eternal rock, Christ Jesus!
On what are you personally building your foundation? Are you like the woman at the well that has tried basically everything in this world to be satisfied and complete? Have you ever had a personal encounter with Jesus? It does not have to be at a well. It can be right where you are right now. Religion has told people that they have to “clean up” before they can come to God, which is not true. He waited for the woman to come to the well. He knew she was coming. He is waiting for you. She left the well with a firm foundation. She no longer was on a path of sinking sand because she was standing on the rock, Jesus. Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him (Jesus) because of the woman’s testimony (John 4: 36).
She may have had many skeletons in her closet. What did she do with those? What are you supposed to do with them? I am pretty sure skeletons are dead! The moment you trusted Christ as your Savior, your past and present sins are forgiven. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” It is only your enemy, Satan, who likes to throw the dead things back into our face. The woman at the well, you, and I must stand on the promises of God. I could not help but think of this song (“Standing on the Promises of God”). I know it was written in the twentieth century, but I can just visualize the woman at the well breaking into song after her encounter with Jesus.
I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner condemned, unclean.
How marvelous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous! How wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!
These words of this song should resonate in the hearts of every believer. He loved her, and He loves you! You are forgiven. You are chosen. You are a child of God. The past has no hold or control over you. The woman at the well moved forward with her life on a solid foundation, and you can move forward as well. So, the next time you hear those skeleton bones rattling in your heart and mind, stand on the promises of God and throw a dog a bone!