The Blessing of Obeying God’s Will

9d760a692222d00c147e1f96d01e50e6Three things will apply to you if you obey God’s will. First, you “will be like a wise man” (Matt. 7:24). Luke has the present tense, “he is like a man” (Lk. 6:48). But Matthew uses the future tense “will be” (homoiothesetai). The reason is that Matthew emphasizes the last judgment. In v. 2, you will be judged as you judge others. In vv. 21-23, false prophets will be judged on the last day. On the final day of judgment, the wise builders and the foolish builders will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ. (Davies/Allison)

Jesus said if you obey His words, you will be like a wise man. The wise man is wise because he obeys God’s will.

Do you want to be a wise person? Then obey the words of Jesus. Obey God’s will. You will be a wise person.

Second, you build your life on a solid foundation. If you obey Jesus’ words, you build your house on the “rock.” The “rock” is the words of Jesus—God’s will. The rock is the will of God in the kingdom of God. To build your house on the rock is to obey God’s will. It is to build your life on God’s will. If you obey God’s will, your life stands on solid ground.

Third, you will stand in the storm of judgment. Jesus said, “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 (Matt. 7:25). In the Near East, storms come in a hot climate. Heavy rains and strong winds produce rivers. The rivers flood formerly dry lands.

In the OT, storms symbolize the judgment of God (Ezek. 13:10-15). Jesus also uses the storm and flood to signify divine judgment. Matthew 24:37-39 reads,

37 As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

When Typhoon Yolanda came to Tacloban, it sustained winds of 235 kph. It was the most powerful typhoon in history. It caused a “storm surge” of water as high as 10 feet. It broke coconut trees and knocked down electric poles. It brought in a large boat in downtown Tacloban that is still sitting there.

It completely destroyed many houses except for one building—the Tacloban City Convention Center. The Center suffered some damage to its roof. But it stood its ground. Local media hailed it as “the one building that survived the storm.”[1]

We will all stand before the Lord on the last day. We will give an account of how we lived our lives in this earth. On the last day, the rain of judgment shall fall on everyone. The floods of judgment shall come on everyone. The winds of judgment shall blow on everyone. But if you built your life on the rock of God’s Word, then you will stand in the storm of divine judgment.

[1] Pia Ranada, “Time to make the PH stadium typhoon-proof,” Nov. 16, 2013. Cited October 10, 2015. Online: http://www.rappler.com/nation/43831-typhoon-proof-homes-tacloban-stadium.

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