Bad things happen to everybody. Bad things happen to good people and even to God’s people. Bad things happen because the planet, like the humans who live on it, has been marred and scarred by sin. All of creation waits for God’s final redemption.
People handle life’s storms differently, depending upon what and Who they have as a foundation. Jesus said that some are Sand People and some are Rock People. It is way better to be a Rock Person.
Matthew 7:24–27 (NASB95)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
A storm could be emotional or spiritual. Internal weather is a big, big challenge. It seems like this passage is pointed toward the physical storm (the same principles apply whether the storm is “inner” or “outer”).
So, how can you and I be less the fool in life and more of the wise person?
1. We can all hear the Truth. Jesus says, “these words of mine”. Not every voice you hear, not every information source you pay attention to is equally helpful or valid. Some voices are downright harmful. Be careful with what you let into your heart. God’s Word (the Bible) is unique and authoritative.
2. We all get to decide what we will do with the Truth that we hear. The wise act on it; the foolish don’t.
3. We all build our lives. Your life is an on-going construction project. It is vulnerable. That’s why the foundation is so important. Sand People build out of convenience, not spending the time or making the sacrifice to dig deep. Rock People build out of commitment.
4. We all face storms. All of us. Even Rock People have pain, and sometimes a lot of it. A Rock Person, however, can never lose everything, because this planet is not all there is. The Sand Person can lose everything.
The storms of life reveal our foundation.