This quote really makes you think about the choices we make everyday! A great way to think about how to improve and the direction we are going with our lives.
Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Luke 6:47-49 (ESV)
What is your foundation?
Today I was listening to the Bible online. I haven’t listened to this version for a while, and wanted to share it with you and also to encourage you to listen today (August 21st) if you are going through a time of testing of your faith.
This is The One Year Audio Bible (New Living Translation) read by Tom Dooley. To listen, you can click here:
or click on the MP3 player widget over in the left hand column of the blog.
Listening today reminded me about the narrator, Tom Dooley. The day after I became a Christian, I also started a brand new job. As I was driving to work that day I first heard ‘The Journey,’ Tom Dooley’s radio program. It was a wonderful way to be introduced to Christian music and get guidance as a new follower of Jesus. Tom passed away almost two years ago, so hearing his voice is a reminder of 1) how short this life is, 2) how the work we do for God lives on even after we’re gone, and 3) how we have the hope of eternal life in heaven.
You can read a little about his ministry here.
So, back to the Book of Job! In the intro he mentions some helpful things to remember in times when our faith is tested.
- Jesus is our ‘defending advocate in heaven’
- Satan ‘cannot foresee the future as God can’
- our faith in God and personal integrity provide hope and encouragement in suffering
I hope this provides encouragement to you today.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)