May 31, 2021
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
It’s been said that sharp emotions (like anger) are like strange noises coming from your car: both are indications that “something is wrong under the hood,” and you will never see the real cause of the problem until you “open the hood” and take a good look.
It’s the same with foundations. Let’s say you build a brand-new house, but you don’t pay much attention to the foundation part. The builder said it was all good, so you decide to just let it go. After all, it’s just a foundation – how much could really go wrong?
After a few months some cracks develop in your walls. So you call a painter, who comes and patches the drywall and repaints the finish. It looks great on the surface, so you’re happy.
After a few more months the cracks reappear, some in old spots and some in new. So you call the painter back, who comes and patches the drywall again and repaints the finish. Once more it looks great on the surface, so you’re happy about that but annoyed that it happened again.
After a few more months the cracks reappear, yet again, in both old and new spots, and increasing in numbers. You call the painter but this time he refuses to come. “The cracks in your wall are not the issue,” he explains. “If I patch them again they’ll just reappear. There’s something else going on, probably in your foundation. You need to take a closer look.”
None of us have ever perfectly built our foundation on the solid rock of Jesus. Sure, some of us have made better choices than others, but if we’re honest, we all develop cracks in our walls now and then (or noises in our engines!). When that happens, let’s not simply “touch them up” so we look good on the surface but avoid any deeper looks inside. Instead, let’s summon our courage and humility to seek God about where we might be lacking in the foundations of our lives.
Where in your life’s walls might some cracks be starting to show? And how might God want you to go about fixing them once and for all?