Where Have You Built Your House – under a rock or on The Rock?

[From the archives.]

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Faith in a rock

Here’s a family who knows what it means to build their house on solid rock, or at least under one.

House Under The Rock

Can you imagine having that thing hang over your head every time you go to sleep at night? But the man who dreamed of building his home and raising a family there had visited the place for years, starting as a little boy, so he knew that boulder wasn’t likely to tumble down any time soon.

He had faith in that rock’s stability.

Faith in the Rock

The Bible uses tons of rock metaphors for God. In the Old Testament, examples are found at Deuteronomy 32:30, 1 Samuel 2:2, 2 Samuel 22, Isaiah 26:4 and 30:29, and Habakkuk 1:12. And then there’s Psalm 89:26 –

He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the Rock my Savior.’

This is a prophecy about the New Covenant, the promise of an eternal King who is God our Rock and Savior. This is a promise about Jesus, who said –

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (Luke 6:46-49.)

And Peter, whom Jesus named a Stone for his faith (Matthew 16:15-18), directed everyone’s attention to the true Rock of salvation –

Jesus is “the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.” Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:11-12.)

So where are you building? Are you like that man who raised his family in the boulder? Are you resting your head each night – and your life each day – in the one true Rock and Savior? What does that look like?

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6 Responses to Where Have You Built Your House – under a rock or on The Rock?

  1. Laura Droege says:

    When I first read the title, I thought the “under the rock” part would be about people who hide in the Christian subculture, away from the evil influence of the world (as if evil didn’t exist within the church, too!) Which wouldn’t necessarily be irrelevant to your point. If we’re trusting in Jesus and building our house on the Rock, we don’t have to fear interaction with the world (that is, unbelievers) and can stand firm in our beliefs, even when faced with all the sand castle philosophies of relativism. (How’s that for a metaphor?)

    Anyway, I like the post. Why do you think so many genuine Christians struggle with doubts and fears, even when they know that Christ is the solid rock, forever unchanging?

    • Tim says:

      I like the direction you took the living-in-a-boulder illustration, Laura. As for why people who belong to Jesus still struggle with fear and doubt, the only answer I’ve ever come up with is that we live in a fallen world, and these are the same types of struggles we have to deal with just as Paul spoke of his struggles in Romans 7.

  2. Pastor Bob says:

    The above notes, well – right on.
    The story brought me back to other stories of those who live in non-conventional houses/homes.
    However, “tons of rock metaphors” …. interestingly —- punny.

  3. Ruth says:

    Hi Tim, good post, very solid, great foundations, obviously a slab of rock passed by the Royal Engineer…( yes we sell new homes for a builder, from empty block to fully finished product) 🙂
    In answer to Laura, I have been reading about the trials an olive tree goes through to produce fruit suitable for picking and crushing which Jesus used as an illustration of our growth and maturity.
    The article is on the Proverbs31 site in devotions, very recent, and so applicable to this.
    It is an amazingly testing journey and I think we only grow with that regular testing and reassuring that this brings.
    Vine, olive tree, solid rock, fruit, branches, brambles, sinking sand, all meld together in our Christian walk I think. I suffer anxiety and stress burnout, but that enables me to feel the pain others feel too…friend across the road, not a Christian, battling breast cancer…I haven’t had cancer, but many other health issues and we can talk, really talk, it out and leave the topic alone as needed, thankyou Lord she shared, now to pray and journey with her.
    This is friend number six currently going through potentially fatal health issues, four from our bible study alone.
    To return to the rock, it is underneath the olive tree in my mind, with roots into the support of the stable rock, Jesus, and tempest drought and fire can’t assail this!

    • Tim says:

      “very solid, great foundations, obviously a slab of rock passed by the Royal Engineer” – thanks for staying with the theme, Ruth!

      It sounds like you are a good friend to your neighbor. And I agree with your take on the olive tree being rooted in the rock: very well said.

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