June 14, 2007

Thankful Thursday~Thankful for My Rock




When the River Bursts ..........Elisabeth Elliot

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture: Luke 6:49

When the River Bursts

Psychologists chart "stress factors" related to various kinds of emotional trauma and the response of different people to those factors--death, divorce, job loss, illness, and such which threaten the very foundations of people's lives. What can hold us at such times?

In a simple story Jesus showed the secret of stability. One man comes to Jesus, hears Him, and acts on what he hears. He is like the man who builds a house on solid rock. Another man hears (is exposed to the same truth, given equal opportunity) but does not act (does not choose to act) on the word he hears. Jesus said he is building a house on sand. When floods come, the river bursts upon it (Lk 6:49 NEB), the house collapses and falls with a great crash.

What sort of floods was He talking about? What rivers might be likely to burst over a man's house? Surely He meant the stresses of life, not terribly different from the stresses we experience, anything that shakes the foundations. It is at such times that we become aware of what those foundations are. Have we laid them on the Rock that never moves, or have we, merely by not obeying the word we have heard, been laying them on sand? That sand is the self--shifty, unstable, carried back and forth by conflicting currents (popular opinions, for example?), utterly undependable and incapable of holding up under pressure.

Lead me, Lord, to the Rock that is higher than I. Let me hear your word, give me grace to obey, to build steadily, stone upon stone, day by day, to do what You say. Establish my heart where floods have no power to overwhelm, for Christ's sake. Amen.


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13 comments:

Denise said...

Such a very lovely post, bless you.

Penless Thoughts said...

Thanks for sharing this writing. We better be on the firm foundation because the storms of life will come to test us.
Susan

Kim said...

I love Elisabeth Elliot. Thank you for sharing.

Alycia said...

I also love Elisabeth Elliot. Thank you so much for sharing this, it was a much loved reminder for me tonight. Blessings from Japan!

Viamarie said...

This is truly a beautiful post.

Have a nice day!

Changed by His Love said...

Love me some Elisabeth Elliot - like most other girls! :) Thanks for sharing - it was beautiful.

annie said...

Amen Jenileigh!

Crystal said...

Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful post....
Blessings

Robin said...

Thank you for your post today. Blessings on you!

Lyndy said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you today!

Lyndy

Lori Madison said...

This is something I have struggled with as of late. Hearing the word of the Lord but not acting on it. Thank you for sharing this important post. God Bless!

Gretchen said...

Lord, you are a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.

Great post!

eph2810 said...

That is such a beautiful devotion. Thank you so much for sharing. I too want to have my foundation on THE Rock! Although troubles might come, I know that I can stand firm with Him through every storm.
Be blessed today and always.