BUILD YOUR HOUSE ON A ROCK
Jesus wants you to build your foundation on Him. This can be done by abiding in Him, listening to His word, and most importantly practicing it. As a believer, your life must be built on the word of God. When you hear God’s word and allow it to dwell richly in you, you build a strong foundation. I admonish you to make Him the base upon which your life is founded.
Rachel Nartey, Ghana
The wise man vs the foolish man
Matthew 7:24-27 reads:
24 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
The foundation of a building is as important as the building itself. In fact, whether the building will stand or not is highly dependent on the foundation. So, the verses 24 and 25 admonish us all not to only be the hearers of God’s word but be doers as well. Imagine what would have happened if the wise man heard the word and decided not to do it. Yes, he would have ended up as a foolish man. It is not enough to quote scriptures or barely remember what you learnt from Sunday school. The expectation is to put what you learnt into practice. Jesus compares this to a wise man building his house on a rock. This man was described as 'wise' because he knew he had to build on a rock and he actually did.
In verse 25, Jesus talks about the importance of building your house on a rock. The rock is a firm foundation which can withstand all the pressures of this life. As long as you live, you will face difficulty and hard times, but you will not be crushed. Jesus promised to be with us in our troubles if only we would build our faith, hope, and aspirations on Him. The word of God continues to be the solid rock we need to make it through life’s circumstances. Verses 26 and 27 talk about the effects of NOT building your house on a firm foundation. Guess what, the opposite happens. Your building would collapse at the slightest glitch. Some buildings are not able to withstand certain tests because the foundations are rooted in temporary things of the world.
Let us note that, the word did not mention geographical locations, building materials or any other thing as the reasons why the building of the wise man stood amidst the storm. In whatever situation or geographical location you find yourself or the resources that are available for your disposal, know that they are not the most important things that will ensure that your building stands but the foundation on which it is founded on.
Build your life on the word of God. Let your decisions be guided by God’s word. It is not too late to rebuild; and to rebuild with the right foundation. Be a doer of God’s word and consciously practice it. Be likened to the wise man Jesus told us about and that in your hard days, your life would be secured in Christ Jesus. Amen.