“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teachings, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law. (Matthew 7:24-29 NLT)
Building On A Solid Foundation is a strong reminder, for us all, of how we should live our lives according to God the Father. Not only does Jesus Christ reveal the strength behind the teachings of God the Father, but he reveals common wisdom that we can relate to in our everyday lives.
As I said before, Faith is not described as “going to church every Sunday.” Faith is described as the mountain that does not cower to the howling winds. Faith is essentially “strength” which this parable has illustrated to us. Furthermore, “strength,” as defined in the dictionary, is the emotional or mental capabilities required in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult. So, how can a house built on sand have the capability to endure a difficult storm?
“Our lives is like that house in a storm: we face terrible winds [from people] that beat against our faces, and rising waters [from stress] that flood our minds. But if we don’t have that solid foundation; that solid rock; that bedrock, then we too will collapse.”
So this week’s spiritual lesson is to be that wise person, to obey and follow the teachings of God the Father, and build that house on solid rock–for solid rock cannot be compared to sand in strength.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: The Tree And Its Fruit – Don’t Judge the Tree but Inspect its Fruit (princesdailyjournal.com)