Build Your Life on a Solid Foundation
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7: 24-25)
Someone once said that life is the sum total of the choices we make. We are the product of our decisions. In this concluding section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is pointing out that we have the option to make wise choices or foolish choices. He also made it very clear that our choices have consequences.
Are you building on a solid foundation? Will your life withstand the storms and trials that will come your way?
In the story before us, Jesus compared wise choices and foolish choices. The wise man built his house on rock. The foolish man built his house on sand. Each man had the opportunity to make a decision that would have a lasting effect upon his life. One man made a wise decision. One man made a foolish decision.
What is a solid foundation? Jesus tells the answer to this question in verse 24, “whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them , I will liken to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” In Luke 6: 48a Jesus added, He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. The foundation that will withstand the storms of life is a life that is lived in disciplined obedience to the revealed Word of God. The foundation of a building is not the most glamorous or attractive part of a building. It is usually hidden from view and rarely receives compliments, but it is the most important part of the building. The foundation determines the strength and durability of the building. And so it is with life, we tend to focus on appearance and style and convenience rather than the less popular fundamentals.
If you desire a life that will withstand the trials and tests of time, then you must live a life of disciplined obedience to God’s Word. Jesus said any other choice will be classified as foolish, dull and sluggish. Or, as we would say today, the man who built his house on sand made a stupid decision. Be a wise Christian; build your life on the Rock. – Dr. Roger Willmore is a contributor to our devotional, Real Victory for Real Life 2 and will be teaching this summer at America’s Keswick
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 2379-2405). . Kindle Edition.
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 5-6
Think About This: Part of what it means to be God’s children is to accept that He knows, and that He will bring what is best into our lives – not what we want every time, but what is ultimately best for us. Charles Paul Conn
Bible Memory: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11