“"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."” Matthew 7:24-27 ESV
This week’s reading comes from one of Jesus’s most famous sermons, the sermon on the mount. It is in the sermon on the mount we also find the beatitudes and The Lord’s Prayer. Towards the end of the sermon, we come across the parable of the wise builder, where Jesus discusses the importance of His word being our solid foundation.
We currently live in a time where people live for instant results and satisfaction. Developments in technology such as internet search engines, now allow us to receive information almost instantly. Whilst in the main this is a good thing, what it has done is caused us to neglect the importance of building, solid, deep rooted foundations.
In today’s reading, Jesus is encouraging us to allow His word to be the foundation which we build our life upon. A foundation that is deeply rooted and will sustain us during life’s metaphorical seasons of rain, winds and floods.
My encouragement for us today is that we will be like the wise builder, and no matter what we are going through, we will be rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ, so that we will be able withstand everything that life has to throw at us.
What are some of the areas of your life that need a firmer foundation? Is it anger? Lust? Your prayer life? Or maybe your ability to love your enemies? These are all themes Jesus addresses in Matthew 5-7.
Today, it is my prayer that as you will begin to apply God’s word to each area of your life that is currently built on sand, you will begin to see your life built upon The Rock, rooted and sustained in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.