Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Why would a man build a house without a foundation? Because it’s easier to do it that way. The man who built a house on a foundation had to dig deep, had to put more effort into it, had to take more time in order to get to a strong rock underneath the earth. This man was well-prepared and planned for the future, while the other only considered what was immediately at hand.
Why do people turn from Christ or refuse to accept Him in the first place? Because it’s easier. Everyone can hear the sayings of Christ, but the one who does them is the one who is willing to put a little time and effort into it, the one who is willing to dig deep and sweat and toil for it. He is the one who understands that life won’t always be as easy and trouble-free as it is right now. Because the flood will rise, the storms will come, the streams will beat at our door, and what we’re standing on, what we’re relying on, what we’re trusting in will matter in those moments.
We have our security in Christ and His truths. We cannot be shaken when we build our lives on that sure foundation. Satan’s relentless attacks will come. Evil people will rise up against us. The hardships and struggles of a life lived on this Earth will surround us at times. Tragedies strike. Disasters occur. But in the midst of all of that, we can rely on God. We can trust that He is the one holding us up. We can accept His promises and allow them to reassure us when it seems like everything is falling apart.
On the other hand, those who reject the words of truth will crumble. Their lives may go smoothly for a while. They may endure trials of their own without too much of a struggle. But ultimately a day will come when their world will be taken out from under them, their life on this Earth will end, and they will face the truth that all they were standing on was loosely piled sand. What they were trusting in could not endure the winds of judgment, and their destruction will be great.
Have we taken the time and the effort, have we labored diligently to build our lives on the solid rock of Jesus Christ? Are His truths the cornerstones that provide the stability we need to withstand life in this toilsome world? Have we dug deep into His Word and unearthed the things at its core that will allow us to be unshaken in any storm and victorious over the sin in our lives? If we haven’t, let’s start now to make a new commitment to learning and studying and applying the Word of God in our lives. And no matter what, let’s rely on Jesus and Jesus alone.