Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 29, 2021

Unmoveable Ground

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25 (ESV)

Curled toes firmly planted fully anticipating the waves washing up on shore.  The delightful joy when water kisses skin and sand crashing against the beach.  Sounds incredible doesn’t it – to simply stand and experience the power of the ocean.  The ultimate delight of this beach girl.

Right in the midst of exhilaration, I realized how quickly and easily those painted toes sank deeper and deeper.  I was sinking, sinking and sinking – or at least that would be my fate if I remained in the same place on shifting sand.

We often find ourselves there too don’t we – and there’s no beach insight.  The draw of anticipation and perceived joy rope us in.  The power of temptation luring us to experience the exhilaration in the moment.  Problem is we’re caught up in the sheer pleasure and don’t even perceive the sinking, sinking and sinking of our soul.

But then the storm moves in….the storm of consequences.  The rains of regret drenching us.  The winds of disappointment and condemnation slaying us.  And the question lurking deep within us –  why didn’t we heed the warnings, why didn’t we seek shelter under His wings?  Why did we place our hope and trust foolishly in sinking sand..things which never serve us well?

Our tendencies, however, don’t minimize God’s power and wisdom.  When we choose to lean on Him rather than cave towards the draw, we find amazing strength to withstand.  We find a power deep within us we had quenched all too often.  We glean from His instructions, insight and wisdom.  We surround ourselves with others who are standing firm.  And when the temptations come, we are standing on solid, unmoveable ground.

Sweet friends the choice is up to us….God will never force obedience.  And in the throes of temptation, He will always provide a means of escape – a way out – a path towards obedience.  A solid footing where we can stand unwavering even in the face of our enemy’s schemes.  No sinking for those who purposefully choose to be doers of His word not just hearers.  A full proof plan to simply stand and experience the power of God in our lives.  The ultimate delight of this Jesus follower.

“Father, the key to not sinking is to always keep our eyes fixed on You.  Trusting and holding on to the One who has already declared us victorious despite the battle.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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