“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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” Mathew 7:23 -24
When a person goes out to buy an already built house, one tends to focus their attention on the design and location of the house. It is rare for a person to inquire about the foundation of the house they live in. In this lesson, as Christians we are called upon to pay more attention to the foundation of our ‘houses’ (lives). It is noteworthy that the quality or sturdiness of a house is not determined by the beauty or elegance displayed, but the foundation.
It is impressed upon us that each one of us is a builder who has to build a foundation for one’s relationship with God. The foundation is either a rock which requires ample time in investing in God’s Word, Prayer and following his teachings or sand where one delegates reading the Word of God and prayers to others because they are too busy.
Life has become a marathon …always in a hurry to get somewhere, do something etc; and this ‘dash approach’ to life is drifting in our relationship with God. Due to the demands of life,many times we lack time to fellowship with God through reading and meditating upon the word of God, prayer and fellowshipping with other brethren. The life of today is packed with never-ending activities making us too busy; and in turn we are becoming too busy for God ….expecting God to wait upon man; instead of man to wait upon God. Yet God says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31. Also, God says, “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A Scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name” Malachi 3:16.
Are we investing in God? Can we like the Psalmist say, “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalms 84:2
Whenever we feel content to spend only one day in a week in God’s presence; rush through our prayers because of a need to move on; quickly read the Word of God and deny God an opportunity to speak to us through his Word… we are offering God ‘crumbs of our time’. That limited time in the presence of God denies one an opportunity to grow and become a wise builder who does not crash in moments of difficulties.
Invest time in God and become a wise builder who is able to stand in trying moments; and personally bear a testimony of the faithfulness of God.
“How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” Psalms 31:19