If you buy a house with a bad foundation, you can expect cracks in the walls and an unstable floor. You might have windows and doors that don’t open correctly, and you’ll eventually have to deal with mold, rot, mildew, and even flooding.
Jesus illustrates this truth in Matthew 7:24-29 when He talks about a house built on rock and a house built on sand. He says that those who hear His words and put them into practice are building on rock, and those who hear His words and don’t put them into practice are building on sand.
This explains why so many professing Christians are moving away from true faith. They heard the truth, but they thought they could build it on the shifting sands of worldly wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:18-31).
When the storms of culture beat upon their beach house denying the validity of God’s Word, their faith began sinking. When they discovered they'd be more popular if they accepted culture's view of morality, their faith began to crack. Their previous convictions began to mold and rot.
But remnant believers' faith is built on the Rock of Christ. We still feel the wind and the rain, but our foundation stands secure.
I hope you'll read a one-minute devotion I wrote with reflections about a real flood near my hometown: Destroying Flood.
1 Corinthians 3:11: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 92:15: “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Isaiah 28:16: “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.’”
Matthew 7:24-29: “‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’ When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”