Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Luke 6:47-49 (KJV)
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Notice that both men built houses but one laid a good foundation and the other didn’t. Also, the storm came against both houses! One stayed up and the other was destroyed. Why? Let’s take a deeper look.
First of all, let’s look at how they built their houses. One was diligent and patient enough to lay a good foundation, which is comparable to being grounded in God’s Word. Not only did the first person hear God’s Word, but he also did God’s Word and it probably was an on-going way of life to him.
The second person seemed to be in too much of a hurry and just built his house on the sandy earth – not a good foundation and not a good idea!
We see in Luke 6:48 that when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against the house with the good foundation and could not even shake it! I want you to notice that it was inevitable that the storm would come as we see in the following scripture:
2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV) 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
This verse tells us that if we’re going to live godly in Christ Jesus, we will get persecuted! And many times persecution is a whole lot worse than a physical confrontation!
However, the first person’s house couldn’t even be shaken because he was steadfast and grounded on God’s word. But not so with the second person, who didn’t take the time to ground himself in the Word of God.
You see, brothers and sisters, if we’re going to be victorious, we have to be grounded on God’s Word. It’s imperative, especially in this day and age, to be grounded, fixed, stable, and unmovable on God’s Word. That’s the only way to be the victorious, overcomers God has called us to be. His Word has never changed and has as much power in it today as when He first spoke it.
James 1:22 (KJV) 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
We’re to be doers of God’s Word, not just hearers. That’s how we build our foundation!