Published February 22, 2011
Jesus tells the story of a wise man and a foolish man in Matthew 7, verses 24 through 26.
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
Probably we've all heard this story, and perhaps even sang the song as kids about the foolish man and wise man, particularly enjoying the clap when the foolish man's house "went splat!'"
The admonition is to be wise. And, to be wise is to build on a firm foundation, the foundation of Jesus Christ. To build anywhere else is foolish and we won't be able to stand when the storms come.
A part of this story that we often miss is that the storm comes to both houses. The foolish man faces a storm. But, likewise, the wise man faces a storm. Just because someone builds on the rock, Jesus Christ, does not mean that even this wise person will not face storms. They will.
The difference between the wise and foolish person is not in how many storms they face. It is in being able to stand against the storms because Jesus Christ forms a firm foundation in every storm.
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