Building a Solid Life
Oysters tenaciously attach themselves to a ROCK larger than themselves. Then no punishing wave or violent storm can sweep them away.
What a great analogy for the need of all people to be connected to a stable God that is much, much larger than we are! Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I’ll build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!”
Another great verse dealing with building a solid life is found in Matthew chapter 7: 24. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”
“Obedience is Gods method of protection and blessing for our lives.”
It’s His desire that we follow his Word in detail so that we can win in life and be a great example to the lost world of what this Solid Life looks like. Now before you jump to conclusions of what the term winning means, let me clarify. Winning in life doesn’t mean that you are never persecuted, never make a mistake, never have a challenge, etc. What it means is that just like with the three Hebrew boys Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into the fire, with God on your side, you win. Sometimes wining is responding with class to a hard challenge in front of those you are witnessing to.
“Personality is who we are when the lights are on. Character is who we are when the light is off.”
Men seem to have a more difficult time with attaching ourselves to Big Rocks, than women do. We are more loners. This is why it’s so important to have a man in your life you trust. A man that you can know is not in competition with you. A man that will teach you and even correct you if you need it.
Our wives and children depend on us getting it right, building our homes on solid ground. They depend on our character being impeccable. We are their example to follow. We are their rock to cling to. So who are you clinging to today? Who do you use to bounce off ideas? Whos got your blind spot? Elijah had Elisha, Timothy had Paul, Joshua Had Moses. Who are you attaching your oyster to today?
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Every Oyster should be producing a Pearl!