Guarding Against the Storms of Life
Bible Text: Luke 6:46-49 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst
Luke 6:46-49: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me and hearth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: 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. 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”.
An important part of our relationship with God is willingly following His instructions to us in His Word. If we fail to do so, Christ may be our Savior hut not our Lord. He ought to be both Lord and Savior. If we regularly take in God’s Word and we willingly live in accord with it we have the benefit of laying up a strong faith that will guard us against the storms of life that will come our way.
If we often meditate on God’s Word (Psalm 119:15) God will build our faith in Him as our refuge when trouble comes (Psalm 27:5).
Christ Jesus in the flesh was tempted to sin (Hebrews 4:15). When temptation came He had the Word for help (Luke 4:1-13). He knew the truth of Psalm 119:11.
Peter was face with the aftermath of a horrible betrayal by one of the twelve. He faithfully dealt with this horrible calamity by calling to remembrance God’s Word which faithfully served as his guide (Acts 1:15-20).
James when faced with a serious decision concerning Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles and whether or not they should keep the Law (Acts 15:1-20) found his answer in God’s Word as he called to memory Acts 15:15-17 which is a quote of Amos 9:11-12.