Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock,… And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand…” (Matthew 7:24,26)
In an old “Peanuts” comic strip, Charlie Brown is pictured on the beach building a beautiful sand castle. When it is completed, a very self-satisfied Charlie stands back to admire his creation. Then, a single raindrop falls,…and in the cartoon’s final frame, the rain is coming down in torrents.
Charlie Brown, looking quite pensive, simply offers: “There’s a lesson of some kind in this, someplace.”
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was a passionate believer who knew what his famous philosophical character was trying to articulate. As Jesus was bringing the Sermon on the Mount to an end in Matthew 7, perhaps the most important point of His timeless message was the parable of two builders and two foundations. Such a simple but profound thought: when storms and adversity come, only that which is built on the right foundation will endure.
Of course, Jesus the carpenter from Galilee knew that was true in the natural world of construction. But His deeper, spiritual meaning is also clear: building a house is a metaphor for building a life, a legacy. Only that life that is built on the firm, unshifting foundation of the Word of God — indeed, where the Word Himself, Jesus Christ, becomes the Solid Rock upon which your life is grounded — will survive the enemy’s onslaught in a fallen world and will inherit eternal life.
In Deuteronomy 32:31, Moses contrasted the false gods of the Hebrews’ enemies with the only true and unchanging God and declared “Their rock is not as our Rock.” What an understatement! Read the rest of this entry »