“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. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” [Matthew 7:24-27]
This parable gives us a simple picture of the importance of our foundation. If you think in absolutes like I do, you may read this parable and quickly try to pinpoint which builder you most emulate in your own life. However, I would argue that most of us have been both of these builders simultaneously at many points of our lives. In some areas of my life, my house is solid and unwavering. This may be because of a testimony of faith in that area that makes it incredibly easy to make the words of God your foundation. This could be because of a mentor who has lead and taught you in that specific area. For whatever reason, you are solid and your house is not going anywhere. On the other hand, we all have areas where it is much harder to trust God. It isn’t easy to yield to the foundation He wants to lay because our’s seems so much better or we don’t know if we can trust Him with this part of our life. Maybe you have been burned. Maybe things just haven’t ever worked out for you. Whatever the reason, it is not easy to submit to His foundation.
Now, let’s get practical. When reading a parable, it is important to pull out the truths and work out how to apply those in your own life. I would encourage you to make a list of all of the major areas of your life: school, family, friends, work, future, spiritual life etc. For each of these, write what it would look like for your house to be built on the sand vs solid rock. Evaluate where you currently are with each of these. For example, a sand foundation practically may look like holding the plans for your future tightly and being unyielding to God’s guidance and call, not heeding God’s call to love and forgive freely in your relationships, or not being open to the transformation God has for you. These are just some examples as everyone has different situations and circumstances.
I think through all of this it can be easy to get caught up with having the “perfect” foundation or to give into pressure or condemnation. Remember, it is not about having the perfect foundation and doing all the right things to get there. God simply wants us to trust Him. I believe as we surrender to Him and allow him to work and transform, He will build our foundation because ultimately He cares that our house is safe and secure.
God, I thank you for the areas in my life that I already see the solid foundation that we have built together. I pray that it would only continue to become more solid as I grow and mature. For the areas of my life that aren’t as solid, I surrender those to you God. Teach me how to keep your word and to build that area with you. Amen.