We’ve all been guilty of it. Every one of us have ignored God’s warnings, ran life according to our rules, and then reached out in desparation hoping that God in his mercy would throw us a rescue line to save us from the storm.
Matthew 7:24-27 is a very insightful passage.
“24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Here are a few things that come to mind as I meditate on this scripture:
- Storms don’t appear, they develop. The storms that slammed into your life with hurricane force winds did not just show up one day. They were a long time coming. God knew it, even if you couldn’t see it. He tries to prepare us through little exercises so that when the storm comes, we have built up the strength to resist it. He may teach you to forgive your friend who lied to you so that later we will be able to find forgiveness toward an unfaithful spouse. He may teach you to be gernerous with your giving in times of plenty so that you don’t hoard your money from those who need help during a recession. He may heal you from a cold so that you are able to exercise the faith for the healing of a fatal disease down the road. But one thing is for certain, God didn’t just see the storm coming, HE CREATED IT. He wants to see what’s in you.
- Storms are certain to come, no matter the status of your current relationship with God. Notice that the storm hit both houses, the one built on sand AND the one built on the rock. While I do believe God’s people are prosperous, I don’t believe that blessings come without some struggle.
- For those who build upon the sand, there’s a great price to pay. Verse 27 says of the house built on the sand, “and it fell, and great was the fall of it”. Not only did it fall, but it fell HARD! The question then becomes for you, if you choose to continue to build on the sand and ignore the warnings of the Holy Spirit, “What will the cost be?” A family destroyed? A marriage in shambles? A ruined reputation? Bankruptcy? How hard will this “house” fall?
If we truly were wise, we would listen to the warnings of the Holy Spirit. We wouldn’t believe the lie that this storm is God’s punishment for things we’ve done in the past. We wouldn’t gamble with the people and the things that are most important to us. Examine your life…What needs to be torn down and rebuilt on the rock? Clouds are beginning to form in the distance. Thunder is beginning to rumble. You have no more time to waste! You can no longer prepare once the rains come. Don’t be caught unprepared.