The Verse Matthew 7:24-27 says: (24) Therefore whosoever
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise
man, which built his house upon a rock: (25) And the rain descended, and the
floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for
it was founded upon a rock. (26) And every one that heareth these sayings of
mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his
house upon the sand: (27) And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the
winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it
Throughout my life, I know I have lived it basically for the
world. My main priority was what others thought of me along with family and
co-workers. I focused more on material things more so than anything. This had
turned into great exhaustion for me because I was always trying to develop my
life based on other people’s thoughts while living for the world. These were
things that I knew were impossible for me to accomplish. I found myself stuck
in a position that I was longing to leave but instead of praying to God for a change I just focused on other ways to get the promotion. I did not believe
that it was utterly possible to get out of that position. It was then when I thought
something has got to give, because I may not be going about this the right way.
Shortly after this revelation, a client came into my office one day and she told
me this is not for me and that God was preparing me for something greater, but
it was up to me to decide which way I was going to make this change.
Hearing this made me think about the song by Jekalyn Carr called – “Greater Is
Coming”, when I thought of this song I thought of the words she would speak in
the beginning and they stuck out like a needle in a haystack. “An olive has to
go through three stages, for its oil to run: It has to go through the shaking,
the beating, and the pressing. And just like the olive, some of you may have
felt like you go through the shaking, the beating, and the pressing. You've gone
through all of that for your oil to flow. Now, your greater is coming” (Jekayln
Carr). Listening to this song made me think there are stages in my life that I
must go through for me to reach where he wants me to be. I have been through some
shaking, pressing, and sometimes it felt like a beating, but listening to these
words it is nothing but God telling me that I have to go through it to get to
it, and my greater is coming. I was attending church, but I was not grasping
God's words as I should; I felt as if His words were not reaching me. After
carefully pondering over this and thinking about what that client said to me
while listening to that song, I knew there was something missing. That
something, was me needing more of His word while developing a true
understanding of them. I started reading my bible and picking out verses that I
was familiar with to further study them. I was reluctant at first because I
felt I did not understand what I was reading, but I did the studying anyway, and
thank GOD I did. The more I read His word the more I had the feeling of God’s
presence. At that moment, I heard God clearly tell me to stop running from Him.
To stop focusing on the way of the world when I should be focusing on His word.
Although I am still on my journey of getting closer to God, I am going to
continue to study His word and reach my “Greater” that is coming.
Looking at Matthew 7:24-27; If we try to focus on what the world has to offer
us, like the house on the sand, then things will be unstable and will collapse.
This imperfect world is full of sin, and a foundation built on the world will
only disappoint us and set us up for failure. We cannot survive on what the
world can offer us. However, we can survive on what Jesus can offer us as long
as we trust in His word because He is the solid rock in which we should stand
on to build our foundation. Problems will come into our lives, but if our focus
is on God’s word, His solid rock, we will be able to get through it.
Who or what will you have your focus on? GOD or the World.