Matthew 7:25 NASB
And the rain fell, and the floods came,
and the winds blew and slammed against that house;
and yet it did not fall,
for it had been founded on the rock.
- True religion is likened to a man’s own house. Every one’s real life is his own home.
- There are a few persons who are fond of looking at foundations, and questioning whether they rest on the right place; others make the far more vital mistake of not searching into them enough.
- Foundations are found, after much search, in deep places; certain floating ideas about religion are not enough to build a life upon; such as “He is a kind God, and will not punish.”
- The Spirit of God shows a man the Rock.
- If you are going to paint a picture, and get the outline wrong (which is the foundation of the picture), all the picture will be wrong.
- If you have a long division sum to do, and make a mistake in the first step, all the sum will be wrong.
A child soon learns
▪︎ that he cannot even build a card house on a shining, polished table,
▪︎ or on a crooked, ricketty table; or a house of toy bricks without a firm level foundation.
How much more must this be so in greater matters!
A quiet, bright girl is sitting at work in a cottage by her mother’s side; ready, with cheerful promptness, to run on an errand, to spread the table, to fetch her little brother from school, or to teach and amuse the younger children.
Is she building anything?
For one thing, a feeling of trust in her mother’s heart.
Years hence, when that mother is stricken down with sickness, she will not have to say with a sigh, “Jane means well, but I can’t trust her.”
She will say, “I can trust you, my child, to do all that I have been used to do; all that you know I should wish.
The wise builder, unlike the foolish builder, did not build on the sand.
He started digging away the sand until he hit the rock. He built on that rock.
When the rain came and the floods came and the winds began to blow, the house did not fall.
The wise builder is the image of those who, by grace, may build the house of their life upon the Rock of the Christ.
God’s children are held up in the midst of persecutions, and temptations.
They cannot sustain themselves, but the Rock holds them.
Woe to those who expect it all from a little religion and good works.
For whatever is made to be the foundation of their salvation, outside of the Christ, is just like sand.
▪︎ When persecution comes, the houses of the foolish builders will collapse.
▪︎ When the wrath of God comes at the end of life, the fall will be great.
By nature, we are all foolish builders.
Many splendid looking religious houses are being built without the proper foundation.
It is grace when you are made from a fool to a wise builder.
The house of wise builders will not fall.
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