“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 the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded 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: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it”. Matthew 7:24-27.
This is one of the parables that Jesus taught while on earth. Parables are earthly stories that have divine and spiritual significance. In this case, he talked of two men who built houses. The first man built his house on the rock. Next the floods, rains and winds came against the house but they were unsuccessful in their quest to bring it down.
The other fellow built his house on a sand or (as in other accounts) without a foundation. The rains came; the floods poured and the bible said; ‘Great was the fall of that house’. Before the story however, Jesus let us know what the actions of these two men signified. He started with; ‘Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,’ and ‘Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not,’ we thus see that the buildings are directly related to the ‘doing of the word of sayings of God’.
Agreeing vs. Doing the Word
Lots of folks think that what Jesus meant in the parable had to do with going to heaven or to hell; No, Jesus was teaching on receiving the word and doing it. There is a big difference between listening to the word (receiving the word of God) and doing the word. For instance, the Bible says; ‘Be anxious for nothing’ or as some translations put it; ‘do not worry about anything’! Lots of God’s children believe that the bible said we must not worry but very few actually refuse to worry about anything as God’s word has commanded.
We have to move from just agreeing with the word to doing the word. The Bible says that it is not the hearer or the ‘rejoicer at the word’ that is blessed but the doer. It is not enough to agree with what the word says, you must learn to do the word.
The Rains, the floods and the winds:
The only one who makes profit with God’s word is the one who does it. Jesus said persecutions, temptations and trials can come to us because of the word. When these things come, it is the one whose foundation is on the word that will overcome. Isn’t it striking that the two men faced similar situations? The rains, the floods and the winds blew against both houses. What does this tell us? We have an adversary will test your resolve in your faith walk. The word of God has given us all things that will guarantee our victory in the battle fields of life and it is only the man whose foundations are rooted in the word that will prevail.
God told Joshua the principle that will guarantee his success in life (Joshua 1:8-10). He said he must keep the word always before his eyes; he must meditate on the word day and night that he might observe to do all that is written therein. Then only can his way be prosperous and then will he have good success. God here equates doing the word and having a successful life.
The parable of these two men tells us what is the experience of a lot of people in our world today. Jesus teaches that we must build our houses (lives) on his word. If you don’t build your life on the word of God, the winds, rains, storms and floods of life will surely squash it.
Surely the storms and winds and rains are coming, what matters is where your life is founded and it is not too late right now to start building your life on the rock. How do you build your life on the rock? By doing the word of God!
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