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COPING WITH STRESS

March 3, 2016

Thursday

 

Luke 6:48

 

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus compared a disciple who heard His teachings, and then put them into practice, to “a house” built on a solid “foundation”. Luke stressed the digging of a proper foundation. Perhaps he had Hellenistic houses with basements in mind. The floodwaters represent the forces of enemies and temptations that threaten to move the disciple from these moorings, perhaps even divine testing. The disciple who does not both hear and apply Jesus’ teachings, specifically what He had just taught about commitment choices and loving conduct, could anticipate ruin. It is as foolish to hear Jesus’ teachings without obeying Him, as it is to build a house without first laying a solid foundation.

In Matthew the difference between the two men is that they chose different sites on which to build; here they differ in what they do on the sites. In every decision in life there is a short view and a long view. Happy is the man who never barters future good for present pleasure. Happy is the man who sees things, not in the light of the moment, but in the light of eternity.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 37:5

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