Devotion (January 12th)
Prayer: Gracious God, we live in challenging times. There are news stories from around the world of unrest. Our nation is often polarized along political lines. And even in the church we see turbulence. Give us peace, Your peace, during these times. Remind us that Christ is the Solid Rock on which we stand. Amen.
Monday Matthew 7:24-29
Tuesday Nehemiah 1:1-11
Wednesday Nehemiah 2:11-20
Thursday Nehemiah 4:1-6
Friday Nehemiah 6:1-4
Saturday Matthew 17:1-13Sunday Acts 3:1-10
Years ago we were on a cruise. One of our stops was an island that been devastated by a hurricane. You could see damage everywhere. There were foundations where homes had been. Right along the shore was a large rock that jutted out into the water. A house had been built there. While so many other homes had been destroyed, that house was still standing.
I thought of the words of Jesus from the seventh chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. ““Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
It was a powerful reminder of the truth of this scripture. Our faith does not mean we will not face storms. Our faith says that the storms will not prevail as long as we remember the truth of the old hymn, “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”