“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… and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:24-27).
Storms come. In life, we have sunny days and we have rainy days. Sometimes, we can see the rain clouds gather ahead of time. At other times, clouds roll in swiftly and raindrops fall before we even observe it. The point is not to be afraid of the rain but to always be prepared. Jesus gives us guidance on how to be prepared when he invites us to put his teachings into practice. When we practice what he teaches, then we build our house on a rock. No matter how hard the wind may blow or how much the waters rise, our house can still stand. We’ve built a strong foundation. But, putting his teaching into practice is a daily pursuit. This means consulting with Jesus daily so that we know what teachings we need to focus on and practice today. Such daily effort can feel laborious. But it only takes one rainstorm to remind us again that making the effort to build our house on a rock is truly a worthy endeavor.
May we continually be intentional about building our house on a rock, so that when the storms come, we will stand firm and steadfast.