A House Built Upon A Rock

By: Woody Godbey

Last Saturday I preached a celebration of life and going home service for Bobby Tidwell.  The family was going through a storm but with smiles on their faces and peace in their hearts.  Bobby’s family is proof of peace and safety in time of a storms.   

Have you ever been caught an unexpected storm? When a big storm is coming, the meteorologists can usually tell us about it.  The last couple of weeks we saw what was a disturbance, tropical depression and then a full blown hurricane Hermine.

A house built upon a rock

With technology, most of the times we know when storms are brewing and building.  But there are other times when they come out of nowhere.  There is one thing we need to know about life and that is, we will have storms, storms of hardship, tragedy, difficulty, etc.  Some of these storms can be life-altering: the death of someone you love, an illness, a disability, a conflict at home or work, being laid off, or even a rebellious child.

At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about two men who built their homes, one on the sand and the other on the rock.  And then the storms came.  The house built on the sand was destroyed and the one built on the rock survived.  Understand this, the storms will come.  In fact, there are really two kinds of people in the world: those who are going through a crisis and those who will go through a crisis.  You either are in a storm or you are ultimately headed into one.  The rain will fall, according to the Bible, on the righteous and the unrighteous. So we cannot control whether or not the storms come.  All we can control is how we react to them.

If you go through the storms of life without God, I have no words of encouragement or assurance for you.  But if you are a Christian, I do have some:

He makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, he sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
— Matthew 5:45

For those who have put their faith in Christ, no matter how bad the storm, eventually all things will work together for good.

What are you building your house on, the sand (world) or The Rock (Jesus)? God Bless!