Scripture: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:24-27 KJV)
This parable represents two types of listeners, those who are wise and those who are foolish. It teaches us to hear and to follow the Lord’s instructions. We must not merely listen to the word, but we are to gain an understanding of the intended statement and the consequences thereof.
A wise person will build upon a firm foundation, while a foolish person will build upon a weak foundation. The “rock” represents stability, strength, safety and protection upon which the wise will build. The “sand” represents weakness, insufficiency, instability, and gives a false sense of support. The foolish build upon sand.
The Lord likens the hearer and doer of the word to a wise man because of his obedience. Every believer is a builder and the house that we build is a house of faith in Christ. We are to diligently seek the Scripture of truth which leads us to Christ. We are not just to be hearers of the word, but doers of the word also. Putting the word of God into practice will enable you to withstand the vicissitudes of life. The world provides a false sense of security. We must not look at the world’s way of doing things. We must keep our focus on Jesus.
We are living stones being built up as spiritual houses. We are a royal priesthood. Christ is the solid foundation on which we believe. Therefore, we are able to stand. Christ is the solid Rock on which we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
Father, thank You for Your word which tells us how to live. Help us to become wise builders. Help us to put aside the world and its ways, that we may live our lives dedicated and pleasing to You.
Bountiful blessings to you!