24Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25And 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. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. —Matthew 7:24-27
Today’s word for family building is truth. Strong families are built on truth.
Tragically, many families are flying out of control and grinning ear-to-ear, unaware of the impending crash that is going to happen in their family. They say, “Well, we are sincere. We love our kids and we are doing the best we can.” But if you are not building your life on the truth, you are headed for a crash—a big-time crash.
So take the Word of Truth in your hands and think about what it really means to build your life and your family on the truth. If you haven’t yet, read the Scripture passage above, Jesus’ closing words in His Sermon on the Mount. Do you want a strong family? Do you want a family that is going to pass the test? Do you want a marriage that is going to make it to the finish line? Do you want kids who are going to rise up and call you blessed? Is that what you want? Strong families are built on the truth.
Now notice these things in Jesus’ story. First of all, there are two kinds of lives or families: those building on the truth and those who are not building on the truth. Some families build on the rock; some build on the sand.
Building on sand is easy—it’s whatever comes along. Building your house on the rock, the truth; that takes intentionality and focus. It appears like a big hassle because it takes a lot of time and effort to build on the truth. And it doesn’t look any better for most of the time.
Two kinds of families, but notice one kind of experience: the storms of life hit both. Every family encounters storms—including yours.
Until the storms come, all the houses and families look pretty good. It is only when the storm comes that you realize which homes are built on the rock and which ones are built on the sand.
Two kinds of families; one kind of experience; two kinds of outcomes. About the house on the sand, notice it says in the text great was its fall—total sudden devastation. The house founded on the rock, on truth, stood. Strong families are built on truth.
· Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. How closely do those verses describe my family life in relation to the truth found in God’s Word?
· Where do I need to make changes?
Prayer - Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son, the truth, and Your written Word, the truth. Thank You for the foundation and building blocks of family You have provided. And thank You for promising to be among us as we seek to honor You within our family. Forgive us for settling for the sand going with the flow when we have Your Word to direct us. Guide us as we build our home on truth. In Jesus’ name, truth Himself, Amen.