Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall. Matt. 7:24-27
Have you seen a house built among the rocks up on a hill, or a house built on the sand? These verses contrast houses built on two different foundations. The wise man listened and obeyed Jesus’ words. Since his house was built on the Rock, when the storms came, it survived. The foolish man listened to Jesus’ words, but did not act on them. Since his house was built on sand, when the storms came, great was its fall.
Christ is the Rock, a solid and stable foundation like nothing else. The sand is unstable fleshly desires. Storms come to test the foundations of our lives. Are we living in dependence on Christ as the foundation of our life, or independence by running our own life, building on a foundation of unstable sand? The storms are coming. What will they reveal about the foundation of our life?
In the words of an old hymn, ‘on Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand…’ (Edward Mote). Christ is our solid rock and anything else we build on is unstable as sand. It is our choice where we build our house–sinking sand or the solid rock of Christ. “…Each one should build with care.” I Cor. 3:10
To build your house on the rock is to hear what Jesus says and obey. To be foolish and build your house on the sand is to hear and ignore. Kevin DeYoung
REFLECTION: Am I building my life on sinking sand or on Christ, the solid Rock?
PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to build my house on you, and not my fleshly desires, so when the storms come, my house will remain firm.