Solid when the storm comes

Weekly faith column

“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.” Matthew 7:24-25

I was recently reminded that when you are building anything you must make sure you have a good foundation. Jesus knew good construction too. In Matthew 7, He reports on two building projects. One house, built on sand, gets flattened by a storm; the other, built on rock, stands strong despite the storm.

There isn’t anyone among us who hasn’t wondered if their life can withstand the pressure of storms… Can I be the husband and dad I need to be to lead my family through difficult seasons? Can I operate with integrity in my work—even under pressure from within and without?

It really depends, Jesus says. Is your foundation solid? The wise man who built his house upon the rock paid the cost and made the effort, and his house stood. Jesus called him rock-solid: “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (v. 24). Notice that wisdom is not in the hearing and knowing; but it’s in the hearing and doing.

Society would divide us in a lot of different ways—by education, employment, economic status, racial diversity or social background. God’s Word divides us in two ways: the wise and the foolish.

Wise people hear the Word of God and do what it says.

Foolish people hear the Word of God but don’t do what it says.

Want to be wise? Get into God’s book. He promises that if you ask Him for wisdom He will give it (James 1:5). Get His wisdom now because God has a life for you that exceeds anything you could hope for. Don’t go another day without God’s wisdom as your foundation. Get it! Because it will be what keeps your house standing no matter how fierce the storm.

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