Shifting Sand

As I drove to work this morning, filled with emotions ranging from anxious to expectant, I knew I needed to listen to something in order to focus my mind. I had a good time in Colossians earlier with my girls snuggling all around me. I was thinking about Christ's authority over sin and the presumed "rulers" of this world... surely He loves His children...

I opened my worship playlist and hit shuffle, not knowing what would be played out of the list of 150+ songs. As the familiar guitar of Caedmon's Call began to strum, these words came across the speakers: "My faith is like shifting sand, changed by every wave. My faith is like shifting sand, so I'll stand on grace. I stand on grace." That is exactly what I needed to hear.

Jesus told this story in a similar way in Matthew 7:24-27. The wise man builds his house upon the rock of hearing and obeying the words of Christ. I would include having faith as a part of that obedience. The foolish man's house is built upon shifting sand because he hears the words of Christ, but does not obey. His house eventually falls apart because it has no true foundation. As I look at my life in many areas, which man am I? Am I the one that hears and obeys, or just hears and doubts. Do I trust the words of Christ in all things? Do I believe that the pleasures of obedience far outweigh the temporary delights of sin?

As our family continues to wait on the Lord for a number of things, I hope that God gives us the strength to stand on His grace. If we stand on our own faith, our own idea of how things should go, we will surely be like the foolish man who's house was swept away. Therefore, we must stand on the obedience and grace of another, of Jesus Christ, trusting that He will enable us to do all that He has set before us.

In case you haven't heard this song, here is a video of it for you to enjoy. May your faith be strengthened by the scriptures echoed in it.


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