How do We Prepare for the Storm?
Jesus, the Master Teacher and the one who has all power over the storms of life warns us of the specific building code that must be followed for our house to weather the storm. As we examine this parable we see that there’s one major difference between the wise man’s house and the foolish man’s house, foundation.
The wise man built his house on the rock. The foolish man built his house on sand. When the rain came, and the streams rose and the wind blew beating on the house, the wise man’s foundation was strong and sturdy, able to survive the storm. The foolish man’s house was built on a weak foundation, it collapsed and was destroyed by the storm.
The two houses compared in this parable can represent the mental, emotional, physical, financial, relational, or spiritual houses of our lives. We see from the parable that the most important feature of every house is the foundation. Ask yourself, what kind of foundation are the houses of your life built on? Are they built on the Rock or the sand? Can your houses withstand the storm or will they come crashing down on you in the midst, of a storm? Are you prepared for the storm? A storm is coming!
Jesus makes crystal clear, three key points in this parable. One, a storm is coming. That’s a fact! It’s our responsibility to be properly prepared for the storm. Two, everyone has an opportunity to be prepared for the storm. No one need be overtaken by the storm. Lastly, to be properly prepared for the storm, we must follow the exact building code given by Jesus Christ. Jesus gives clear, simple instructions on how to build a house that survives the storm. According to Matthew 7, those who hear His words and practice His words will build a house able to withstand the storms but, warns us that those who hear His words and do not practice them will build a house that will coming crashing down during the storm. What kind of foundation is your house built on? Is it built to last or will it come crashing down when faced with the storm? Are you prepared for the storm? A storm is coming!
Let us pray. Dear God, please help us to build a house that is strong enough to withstand the storms of life. We ask for the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding necessary to build our house like the wise man. Also give us the strength and self-discipline to be doers of your word as well as hearers. In Jesus Name, we thank you that have heard and already answered our prayers. We will be certain to give you all the honor and glory. Amen!
Don’t be like the foolish man who lost his house. Build your house upon the Word of God.
Minister Sylvia is a teacher and leader at Impacting Love Global Ministries, Inc. She uses her life as an open testimony to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ