Have you ever researched what it takes to build a house? I googled how to do just that and there’s a lot of information about it, some very informative and possibly very accurate (you never know with the world wide web) but I still wouldn’t suggest going off of any instructions you find online, stick with hiring the professionals! My intention in this random topic isn’t very random, there’s a purpose.
Before the walls, beams, floor boards and beautiful decorations you have to have a foundation to build the walls, beams and floor boards on. This might seem like the most important part BUT even before that comes the ground; the location, the size, the soil etc. Here’s where it gets really interesting if you’re like me and know nothing about building a house, soil has a lot of different facets. Sure it would be nice and convenient to be able to skip over this step but if the soil is made up of wet, soft clay, over time, the house that you build will settle and the slow settling will cause cracking regardless of the foundation ( wood, brick or concrete.) No matter how stable you build the foundation, it will fall.
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus says “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.” He uses this parable to draw a line between choosing Him and any another foundation you chose to build on whether that be another person, wealth, a career, I could go on with all of the people and material things we place on pedastools. I love that Jesus describes this using a parable because I’ve always relied on imagery and visuals to learn and that’s exactly how Jesus used this instruction in my life.
Obviously life isn’t perfect. We have trials and tribulations, we walk through some rough storms and we’re told what to do through those times, Romans 12:12 says to ” Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” What we’re not told do to is to build our foundation within the parameters of those life storms. God gives us the free will to chose, but clearly directs our steps in the way we should go. When you’re walking through a storm maybe it’s a negative $160.00 in your bank account and the credit card companies are calling, you don’t have enough food in the fridge for the week and you’re now 6 days late on rent or maybe you recently became disabled and you’re learning how to live life with the one thing that took everything away from you, you have a choice in those moments.That “storm” soil is the wet, soft clay and shaky sand that’s going to cause your foundation to crack, and with all of the confidence in the world I can tell you that it will crack. Matthew 7:26-27 continues by saying “ 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.” He doesn’t stop at saying that your foundation will fall he emphasizes the fact that it will be a great fall.
If we take the word of God in and apply those words as truth in our lives, God takes those storms and uses them in ways we couldn’t ever imagine. James 1:2 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Can I take a second in all capitals to get this point across? “LACKING IN NOTHING!”. (one more time in case you didn’t catch that) Even in the middle of the worst storm, you will be lacking in nothing. And on top of that you will be blessed, James 1:12 says “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.” Jesus is telling us plain and simple that our foundation must be built upon the solid rock that is Him and when we chose Him we will be blessed.The situation, whatever it may be, will come to pass, don’t build a house in it!
How do we build our foundation in Jesus? This is sooooo good! James 1:19 “Know this, let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” James 1:22 says “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Hear the word, breathe the word, speak the word, be a doer of the word. Before you can get to the point of being a doer of the word you have to hear it. I like that Jesus uses the word hear, because to hear it that means it’s being spoken to you, it isn’t something that you can rely on your flesh for, nor can it come from anything else but the word. And if you’re curious about what the word is, let me let you in on a little secret that isn’t a secret at all, John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.” If the Word is God then we can replace “the Word” with God, so it would change to Be doers of God, and if I may, we are doers of God by being in the Word. So good!
Our God is grace and love and compassion and if you have built your foundation on wet, soft clay and your house has been swept away by trials, look at it as an opportunity to rebuild it with Jesus. If a contractor spends days making sure the soil is good enough for the foundation he is about to build, surely we can spend the time and attention, that we so desperately need, working on, growing in and every day seeking our solid foundation!