Chris' Original Blogbeque

A fresh, vinegar-based examination of life

The House built on the Rock

Posted by Chris on September 20, 2008

Lone house to survive from Hurricane Ike

Lone house to survive from Hurricane Ike

This blog post brought to my attention the above photo of a solitary home still standing in the town of Gilchrist, TX, after Hurricane Ike passed through the state last week.  The owners of this home had their previous house destroyed by Hurricane Rita– they re-built with a plan for a building that could survive a Category 5 storm.

The obvious parallel, to a Christian, are Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount in Luke 6 or Matthew 7.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matt 7:24-29

A few verses from the hymn “How Firm a Foundation”

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

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