“Everyone who hears my words and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and hit the house. But, it did not fall, because it was built on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).
This scripture is about the foundation of our faith. As an engineer, I can understand the importance of a good foundation. Take a tall building for example. Were it not for a good foundation, the building would be unstable and dangerous.
The is true with God. If our faith does not have a solid foundation, then we will be tossed about by every wind and wave of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).
But what is this “solid foundation”? Jesus himself explains in the verse above. A solid foundation is built by hearing his words AND obeying them. It’s more than just hearing the commands of Jesus–it’s obeying them. James 1:22 says, “Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.”
Where is your foundation? Is your foundation based on the promises of a friend, the hopes of a doctor, the security of a spouse, the marvel of a new medicine? Or, is your confidence in the person of Jesus Christ? Is your foundation on sand or the Rock?
One thing if for sure: the rains will come, the flood waters will rise and the wind will blow hard. Your foundation will be tested.
Prayer: Lord, I ask you to reveal your Foundation, your Rock, to each one reading this. I ask that you show them the importance of this solid foundation. Help them to trust you more and obey the commands of Jesus. Show them that the storms of life will come, but with a solid foundation, we can trust you no matter what life throws our way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.