“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.”
In the closing finale to the Sermon on the Mount was the parable of the House on the Rocks.
Jesus, like any good speaker, lays out a call to action to his listeners. Listening is not enough, doing it is the key. And Jesus tells them to put into practice what he taught.
Here are several truths that will indicate if you are a wise or foolish builder:
1. Choose what you build your life on carefully
What you build your life on will determine whether your life will survive trials and hard times. If you are obeying (not just knowing) the words of Jesus in your life, you are wise and building on a firm rocky foundation.
But, if you are not obeying the Bible, you’re set up for doom, like a stack of cards blown down by the wind. Jesus calls you foolish! Are you following relationship advice from Oprah rather than Lover of our Souls? Are you searching for latest parenting tips from magazines rather than the Word?
2. The foundation can’t be seen
In the recent Taiwan earthquake, the housing foundations of some buildings were found to be horribly inadequate with tin cans instead of steel support. And because of that, the building collapsed and many people died.
All because of a poor shaky foundation. But no one knew of the foundation until it fell. Then the truth was out. No one can see your foundation till the storms of life come crashing. Make sure it is firm with the words of Jesus supporting your life bottom up. When a tree has shallow roots, it gets uprooted more easily. Dig deep, dig strong. Digging is hard work, but it will save your life.
3. Both houses looked all right
A dangerous thing is that both houses, looked similar. Maybe the house on sand looked like a beach resort worth millions of dollars. No one knows how the foundation is like except you, its builder. The problem is not the house, but the foundation. Many people are over concerned with beautifying their house than solidifying their foundation.
Maybe you’re concerned how your life appears so you hunt for the next hot condo, next hot girlfriend, next hot car. But it doesn’t matter does it? The storms are going to come, and you’re going to regret not getting your foundation right as your well-decorated life comes crashing down.
4. Storms will come
In this parable, Jesus uses the same exact words to describe the storm, flood and winds. Storms will come. It is inevitable. They’re going to bash your life and unless you’ve got the right foundation, your life will be destroyed.
The crux of the Jesus parable is this:
Obey the Word of God for a firm foundation to withstand life’s storms.