Only the Creator of humanity can look into our hearts, determine our motives, direct our steps, and help us find and then stay on the path that leads to eternity.
During my life thus far, I’ve met people who have professed their mission of searching for the truth. Countless songs are etched into my memory—several of which are about people who have searched high and low for solace in this sometimes-turbulent life on earth. I’ve taken classes that focused on religious worldviews, showing what people believe in and why.
People have been searching for the truth since sin entered this world. In John 14:5, even Thomas inquired of Jesus, “How can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “ ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him’ ” (verses 6, 7, NIV).
A classic church hymn tells the story of a determined individual who decides to stand on the solid Rock, which is Jesus Christ. The song paints a picture of why that individual chose to stand on the Rock—all other ground is sinking sand. Logically, deciding to stand on the solid Rock makes sense. Nobody I know wants to be caught in sinking sand!
Jesus warns us about building our spiritual foundation on anyone or anything else other than Him in a story about a man who built his house on sand and another man who built his house on solid rock (Matt. 7:24–27). When the wind blew and the rain came down and the streams rose, the man who built his house on the sand saw it sink to nothingness. Yet the man who built his house on solid rock saw his house withstand the storm.
Everyone must arrive at a point in their lives when they decide on what foundation they will build their spiritual house. Will you build your house (worldview, fundamental beliefs) on shifting sand (belief in false gods who can’t save you) or will you build your house on the solid Rock?
The God of Abraham, the same God who reaches out to us today, is immortal, invisible, and wise. To know and to have a relationship with God, to experience a closer walk with His Son, is the foundation of true spiritual life. “ ‘There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God’ ” (1 Sam. 2:2, NRSV).
When your faith is grounded in God’s Word and focused on your relationship with Jesus, a spiritual earthquake cannot shake you, because you’re keeping your trust in the God who created the earth and who can keep you safe through any calamity.
So you’ve decided to build your life on the solid Rock. What happens next?
You go to church. You fellowship with other believers. You study the Bible. You pray. And when you’re ready to profess your love for Jesus Christ to the world and to take up your cross as His disciple, you are baptized. Now it’s time for you to begin growing into all God intends for you to be. You step out in faith and trust God to lead the way through all the challenges, trials, and tribulations that will test your commitment to stand firm on the solid Rock.
Jesus knows it won’t always be easy. That’s why He provides us with many promises. Here are some of the promises I like to remember:
Only the solid Rock can provide us with the essentials we need in life, whether it be money, food, clothes, transportation, jobs, spiritual nourishment, or answers to our doubts.
Only the Creator of humanity can look into our hearts, determine our motives, direct our steps and help us find and then stay on the path that leads to eternity.
The God of Abraham, Esther, Hannah, and so many other prominent Bible characters who witnessed the miracles which God wrought in their lives and in the lives of others in their day is the same God who lives today.
What more can I say? He is able!