Matthew 7:24 – 27 “Therefore everyone 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 built 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.”
I love the simple word pictures that Jesus used, don’t you? That is why He was such a fabulous communicator. He didn’t bog people down with fancy rhetoric. He spoke in terms that people could understand. When I close my eyes and think back to my earliest memories, I can remember sitting on a beach. I played for what seemed like hours, building castles in the sand, then watching the waves come and carry them away. I would imagine that Jesus’ audience, people who lived near the sea, had the same memories.
Everyone knows not to build a house on the sand. Those who do have beach homes usually build them high on stilts, to keep the waves from knocking them over. Even then, those houses are vulnerable to strong winds and storms. The sand beneath them will shift, and the houses can easily come crashing down. Yet, some people do it anyway.
But if a person builds that same house on a foundation of stone, it will be less vulnerable to storms. The winds may blow, the waves may crash . . . but the house will stand. The stone beneath it will not shift.
I think it’s interesting that the difference is not in the actual house, but rather, in where the house is built. The stone . . . or the sand. The stone . . . obedience to God’s words. The sand . . . hearing, but not obeying. The sand builders know better, they know the truth, yet they choose to do whatever they want. They know there is a better way, but they want that house on the sand. They want to do as they please, instead of heeding God’s wisdom. Therefore, they don’t have the solid foundation that is needed to withstand the storms of life.
And trust me. The storms will come.
Those who choose to build their lives on obedience to God don’t need to fear. Oh, the winds will blow. The waves will crash and bang. But through it all, their foundation will hold. They will stand.
Remember, friends, those two houses may have the exact same floor plans. They may have the same paint colors, the same furniture. From the outside, they may look identical. The difference is in the foundation.
In the same way, we may look the same on the outside. We may go to church. We may appear to have it all together. But we can’t see into each others’ hearts, now can we? Only God can do that. The evidence of our foundation will be made known when the storms of life beat against us. The decisions we make when the weather is sunny and clear, the choices to obey God or not will be obvious when the storms come. Our lives will either stand strong, or they will come crashing down around us.
Brick by brick, choice by choice, I want to obey God. I choose to build my life on the only foundation which will hold. And when the storms come, I will curl up safe and sound in my Father’s rock-solid arms.
Let the winds blow. I’ll be fine.
Dear Father, Thank You for Your wisdom. I want to obey You, and build my life on Your Word.