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.
A person decided to build a house. They worked hard and had it up in record time. Sure, they took a few shortcuts, but the house looked fantastic. They moved in and had cookouts for family and friends. Everyone enjoyed their generous hospitality. Then one night a storm rolled into town. The sun rose to show the house was demolished by the rain and wind.
A person decided to build a house. They worked hard and took their time. They focused first on the foundation and dug down deep until they hit bedrock. With the footing solid they began to build. The house looked fantastic. Family and friends enjoyed their generous hospitality. Then one night a storm rolled into town. The sun rose to show the house standing strong “because it had been founded on the rock.”
Jesus was a carpenter, but this story was not a lesson in building a house. Rather it was instruction for building a life. The solid foundation belongs to those who hear the words of Scripture and put them into practice. So, here’s the question. What kind of house are you building? Be honest. Are you a wise or foolish builder?
Talking to God
Father, I know that storms will come. Help me to be a wise builder who hears your Word and does what it says. Help me build on a solid foundation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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