What to Do When the Bottom Falls Out

Matthew 7:24-27

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Reference: Matthew 7:24-27

Life, in its very nature, is tragic; sooner or later, the storms of life will come our way. The difference between a life built on the Word of God, and one that isn’t, lies underground.

Before the bottom falls out of life, we must examine the foundation.

In Matthew 7, Jesus describes two houses: one built on a rock, and the other built on sand. We do not see the differences between the houses until the storm comes. The results remind us why we must build our lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7:24 says, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock…” This passage reminds us that to be sure of our rock-solid faith, we must have, hear, and heed the Word of God.

The enemy will war against the church through persecution and infiltration. There are many false teachers who set out to confuse us with empty words. The Word of God is meant to make us more like Jesus; if it does not, something is wrong.

Once we hear the Word, we must do what it says, otherwise, our faith is dead. (See James 1:22.) Matthew 7:25 says, “...and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

Adrian Rogers says, “The faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted…The test of your faith is your stability in the storm.”

If we base our understanding of God’s love on our circumstances, our understanding will constantly change. But His love is unchanging; He has not abandoned us in the storm.

People cave in during life’s storms when they don’t have anything solid to stand on.

Remember Peter and Judas, two of Jesus’ disciples. Both were entrusted with responsibilities in Jesus’ ministry—but their differences run deep. When the storm came, both disciples caved in different ways. However, Peter—despite his failings—had a foundation that Judas did not have; he was able to stand again.

Apply it to your life

Make certain you have a rock-solid foundation for your faith.

  1. Have the Word of God: beware of false prophets.
  2. Hear the Word of God: don’t let it blow past you.
  3. Heed the Word of God: do what it says.