“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Built on the Rock
When we bought our house, we thought that the yard looked pretty good. We liked how the water drained on the property, and we were impressed by the landscaping. But one of our new neighbors scared us. “Check the foundation of your house for cracks,” he said. “We saw the builder bring in a lot of fill dirt before he built, and we have always worried about your new home’s stability.”
We checked the foundation. No cracks. We have lived in the home for ten years. So far, so good.
How about your house? Is it built on rocks or sand? How about your life? How stable is your foundation?
Jesus said that you need a solid foundation to withstand the storms of this life. If your foundation is built on sand, your life will come crashing down during stormy times. If your foundation is built on rock, you’ll be able to withstand life’s storms.
How do you build your life’s foundation on rock? Jesus is very clear about that. He tells you, “Hear these words of mine! Put them into practice!” The words of Jesus are what he says in the Bible. Those words include, “I am your Savior. You aren’t good enough on your own to get to heaven. But I was good enough to get you to heaven.” Trust Jesus. No foundation can be more solid than that, both for life right now and for eternal life in heaven.
Jesus, keep me firmly grounded, trusting your words for life now and forever. Amen.