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The Beach Umbrella

inside-out-beach-umbrellaThe winds of life blow each and every day. Like the unsecured beach umbrella that turns inside out and sometimes is yanked out of the sand and blown down the beach during wind gusts, we too will be blown all over the place if we are not properly anchored. Smooth sailing turns into rough seas, often with little or no warning. One day life is good and the very next, you feel like the statue under a flock of pigeons. You know the saying- “Some days you are the pigeon, other days you are the statue.” The real question isn’t how to avoid troubles, but rather, what are you anchored to so as to not be tossed all over the place when the winds begin to blow? In fact Jesus tells us life is full of troubles. Read John 16:33.

As we begin 2016 we are focusing on firm foundation in all do in and around the church. The past two weeks sermons have looked at that very theme. From 1 Corinthians 3:12 we looked at the kinds of building materials we use – “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw …” where we see that the first three materials are durable and lasting and will withstand the test of time while the last three are poor materials to build with. And to close out the Sermon On The Mount Jesus tells us this in Matthew 7:24-27 – “Therefore anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who builds his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Psalm 1 begins with these words – Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mocker, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who mediates on his law day and night (vv. 1-2). In these verses the “law” is seen as the entirety of scripture, to “delight” is not simply to comply but to love all that God commands, and to “meditate” is to think about and live out that law day after day.

Verse 3 of Psalm 1 gives us the result of “being wise” by using gold, silver and costly stones to build our life on solid rock – That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. (Whereas verse 4 tells us that the “foolish” are like that beach umbrella that blows away.)

So we ask you – Who are you building your life on? If you are not firmly fastened to Jesus, ask Him to help you secure yourself firmly to Him.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

1/13/2016

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