Life, faith should be built on firm foundation

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist

When Susie and I were little girls growing up in church, we sang with the primary choir. One of the songs we loved so much was “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.”

This was a great song. To go with the lyrics, we had hand motions like hammers hammering and winds crashing and floods rising! Part of the song went like this:

The Wise man built his house upon the rock

The Wise man built his house upon the rock

The Wise man built his house upon the rock

And the rains came tumbling down.

The rains came down and the floods came up

The rains came down and the floods came up

The rains came down and the floods came up

But the house on the rock stood firm.

Then we went on to sing about the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. He worked hard and then when the rains came down and the floods came up, the house on the sand went “Swoosh!”

The house was destroyed with the floods. Why? It was not built on a firm foundation.

In part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He used the account of the wise and foolish builders.

Jesus drew an analogy about one’s life and the foundation that holds it. Jesus was saying that if we build our lives on things that can easily perish, then when the storms of life come, we will not prevail.

Here is an example:

Suppose a person does very well in business. Suppose he has lands and houses and jets and money to spare. He goes all over the world, buys the best things, knows important people and socializes with the elite.

People call him for his advice and he is revered. His faith, his identity is tied to his possessions.

But then one day, he finds out that his little daughter has an incurable disease. He takes her to the best doctor in the world and the doctor says that there is nothing he can do for the little girl. The man offers him even more money and the doctor says, “It is not a matter of money — that makes no difference. I cannot cure her.”

What then does the man have?

Does he take comfort in his jet, in the pictures of the far away places he has visited?

Does he take comfort in his fine house and seven digit bank account?

Does he take comfort in knowing some important people?

Does he take comfort in his closet full of the most expensive clothes?

No.

When disaster and hurt and sickness and fear engulf us, it is only God and faith in Him and communication with Him — a firm foundation — that will allow one’s life to weather the storms that will inevitably come our way.

Here is what Jesus said on this matter:

“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.” Matthew 7:24-27.

Jesus’ words are just as relevant today. Build your life on the Rock, the firm foundation.