There are many “storms” brewing these days.
The financial crisis in this country is beyond ignoring anymore. I have yet to meet one person who has not been affected by it. The wars and rumors of wars are troubling.
Because of this, many families are struggling, marriages are under tremendous pressure and people are just plain worried about tomorrow and what it will bring.
But in these verses, Jesus gives us a word picture that gives us hope.
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock.
26 But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.”
Two houses, side by side…same storm hits both houses. One stands, one falls.
Our natural thinking would tell us that one of the storms was harder and stronger, but that is not the case in the scenario that Jesus paints for us.
The only difference was the foundation of each house. One built on solid rock, one built on sand.
Then He explains how that applies to us personally:
Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise
But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish
The storm-no matter how big, loud or awesome it is– is not the problem.
The problem comes when we don’t obey God’s Word and how He tells us to live our lives.
Our foundations become solid when we obey God’s Word.
It’s time to live what we believe, live it loud and don’t compromise- no matter what that compromise seems to promise.
Be wise in the way we live. Live with integrity, honor the Lord.