“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: 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. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
In these verses, Jesus tells the story of the man who built his house on a rock, and when the rain and winds came, nothing could move the house. He likened this man to a Christian who consistently obeyed God’s word and did everything as instructed.
The other man who built his house on the sand had the walls, pillars, and doors destroyed immediately after the wind blew. I imagine this man who built on sand would have laughed at the one building on a rock. He would have taunted him for how long he was taking trying to dig through a rock to build a foundation. He would have mocked him for being so slow because the man was still digging the rock, while he was already erecting a beautiful shiny house.
Is that not how it sometimes feels in our walk with Jesus? It feels like the route of obedience takes too long, or it might even seem like nothing is happening. You might be mocked for standing on God’s word even when there are faster means in sight. But do not despair. A shiny house that does not have a solid foundation will not last very long. The laws of nature demand that rain and wind will surely come; so the question is, will your house stand in those times? Or are you satisfied with a structure that will only be beautiful for a while?
The fascinating thing is that building on a rock gives you a structure that will last for ages. When you build on God’s word, you save yourself from heartache and despair because walking God’s way means He prepares you for everything ahead, even though you are unaware of what is coming. Building on God’s word means that although the storm will still come, you have a guaranteed way to thrive through it. God does not fail, but it is up to you to trust Him enough to abide by His word continuously.
- Thank You, Father, for your never-ending mercy that provides redemption even when we fail.
- Lord, I ask that you help me dwell in your word.
- Dear Father, if I am building anything that is not set upon the rock of ages, help me retrace my steps and return to you.
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