Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris
Luke 6:47-49 KJV
(47) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
(48) He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
(49) But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Obedience and disobedience to God has its own reward. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Temple Of Doom and The Last Crusade were movies about archaeological hunts for treasures related to scripture. Though the movies were done in fun, it represents how people search out the treasures of gold, even risking their life for wealth, never grasping the true wealth of God is not what one can dig up out of the ground, but the faith built upon the solid rock of Jesus.
A wise man builds his house on a rock. An a foolish man builds his house upon the sand. Yet both men are builders. Building things that are indestructible and things that are destructible. Both men need a house, yet both do no have the same desire or care of where the house is built. If you ever watch shows like Survivor or new one on Discovery called Dual Survivor, the shelters being built some of good construction and others not meant to last beyond the current need. If you go to the store depending on whether you want something to last, depends on what store you buy something from. If the item is only meant to be temporary then dollar store item is sufficient. Yet if you want something to last you might want to go to a specialty shop or buy from retailer that deals mainly with that item. Plumbing parts from discount chain might be sufficient for a time, but local hardware store might be better. Then again the special shop might not be good quality either, and the cheap generic might last as long. Yet one might get a Hodge Podge house based on the quality of items you buy.
The Hodge Podge house is one that is made up of obedience and disobedience, and parts need replacing ever so often, because of the quality. It might have a firm base, but the walls tend to need replacing because of the unwillingness to buy solid plywood verses compress wood (that disintegrates with water). It is the difference in the quality and not the price. I might construct a base of faith on salvation only discover the wall of my house needs rebuilding. Why because my wall was not built to the complete instruction of God. I grabbed some cardboard and said that would hold instead of using plywood. I figured being half obedient would work, but as soon as a storm comes that wall falls and breaks if it gets wet.
A solid house never has to worry about breakage, yet a house built on sand never survives a storm, or not successfully. Though both houses might need repairs the house built on sand will never be fixed until its builder decides to listen to God. The wealth of building correctly is more valuable then incorrectly. The difference is a trailer verses a house. A trailer has no foundation and is often tossed by a storm, but it makes a fine temporary house. Are you building a house for God or a house for yourself? Are you building a house on God’s word or a house built by your own design. Your own design will never see heaven, yet it might be beautiful to behold. Yet the house who designer is God will not only be beautiful, but it will be solid in design.
The house built by obedience to God, will find that faith in God can not waver, that storms may come and go but the big bad wolf can not blow it down. The three little pigs might land up sharing the solid house of brick for a time, until the two pigs learn that the brick structure is far better then sticks and straw. A solid house is meant to be shared and to protect others, Yet sooner or later those two other pigs have to learn to build their own house by God’s instruction. The pig that built his house of brick had something to teach the other two pigs. Yet they two had to learn to listen to good instruction. Yet without the chief cornerstone their house will never be solid.
Godly treasure is about the production of obedience vs. disobedience to God. Can you spin wool into gold, Only if you know how to use a spinning wheel and have a market for wool. God never intended our obedience not to be productive. Yet it production is faith. Others see you build they want that too. Faith is like that. Two pigs will build solid structures because of the third pigs house. Yet they lost their first house because of disobedience.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to build on the solid rock of Jesus. To build in obedience to your word and not lay walls that can blow down, and not weather a storm. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Luke 12:43 KJV
(43) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Daily God’s Promises: Luke 12:37-40 KJV
(37) Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
(38) And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
(39) And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
(40) Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.