“Anyone who…follows (my teaching) is like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes …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… floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 27v24-7
I took this photo several years ago while out in the Olympic Peninsula. Fascinated by the precarious existence of the trees that tottered on the edge of the eroded river bank, it wasn’t difficult for me to imagine what would happen when the next floodwaters came.
In the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders (above), Jesus suggests that every believer must choose between two possible states of existence – disobedience: like the trees in this picture with shallow roots and sandy soil that will never stand up to hard testing. Or, obedience: rooted deep in terra firma that will not disintegrate when testing comes.
Of course, Jesus uses the parable to liken human understanding of well and poorly built houses with human responsibility to make right and proper decisions in spiritual matters. Decisions in which each person must actively choose to:
- guard their heart for God – Proverbs 4 v23
- reject the notion that being spiritually vulnerable is a good thing
- obey God’s teaching and dig deep in understanding what keeps us secure
Sandy soil is easy to build on. It doesn’t take much effort to dig down and plant a quick fix foundation. However, solid ground and rock are much harder for reason of the fact you are building something enduring and permanent – not just for now but for the world to come. Be blessed!