Building on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock…And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Matthew 7:24, 26 NRSV

MP900447716[1]Jesus made it clear that the wise man builds his house on the rock. The foolish man builds his house on sinking sand.

That’s a great principle, and an awesome truth. I can truly say that I want to be wise, and I certainly want to build my life on the rock, and avoid sinking sand at all costs.

The problem is, knowing exactly what things are solid ground and what things in life are sandy soil. The writer of Proverbs helps us with that. Proverbs 14:15-22 gives a list of contrasting characteristics that define what actions wise and foolish people do. The actions of the wise build lives on solid ground. The actions of the foolish build on sinking sand.

The wise consider their steps.

They exercise caution.

They count the cost before making decisions.

They turn away from evil.

They orient their lives around truth.

They passionately pursue God.

The foolish believe everything.

They throw caution to the wind.

They show no restraint.

They are careless.

The are quick-tempered and impulsive.

They act foolishly.

They fill their mouths with lies.

They plan evil and pursue folly. Proverbs 14:15-22 paraphrased

I want to live like a someone who is wise, as I’m sure you do. These are simple reminders of what we all need to do to continue building lives that are both rock solid and pleasing to God!

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