“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
All of us want to make wise choices in our lives- especially in choices that affect our future. We want to have wisdom in the new year and plan wisely for our future. At the end of His most famous sermon, Jesus talks about wise and foolish builders. He uses this easy-to-understand yet profoundly vivid picture to direct us in building the right foundation for our lives and our future.
Jesus talked about two builders and both of them built their houses. One was wise and the other was foolish. While both of their houses appeared to be similar on the outside, the only difference the wise builder made was the foundation, which is, “Putting the words of Christ into practice”. And it made all the difference!
We normally want to grow wider and taller but do not give importance to grow deeper. Because depth is unseen may not get any appreciation. The parallel passage in Luke records the wise man as one ‘who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock’. (Luke 6:48). The foundation of the building is unseen but it is what helps the building stand against the storms.
Storms are an inevitable part of life. Jesus also talks about the storms that attack from all directions. Attack from above: rain that came down, from below:streams that rose and from sideways: wind that blew and beat. If we think we will not face attacks or challenges in 2022, we will only be deceiving ourselves. The depth of our foundation will help us stand and not fall during any attack.
Even those do not put the word of God into practice also build their houses. Only their foundation is too weak to withstand the flood and the wind. That’s why it’s important to help one another to put God’s word into actual practice in our daily lives, so we will be wise builders and our foundations are strong to stand the flood, rising streams and beating wind.
There’s no shortage for knowledge of God’s word today. But wisdom is putting “His word and His truth into practice” in your daily life. That’s the way you can make your foundation deep and strong. Think of one truth from God’s word you can apply this week in your life. Do it each week and help others to do the same!
It is my prayer and desire that you will be a wise builder and will remain strong at the face of any storm or any adversity throughout 2022.
Blessed Week & Happy New Year!
Joseph, PROFIT Singapore