Matthew 7:24-27 ~ The Message Bible
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
If you have ever lived by the beach and been through a hurricane you have probably seen the damage to structures built on the sand. Beautiful on the exterior, homes have been lost because the water, and high winds were too much for the foundation they were built on. In the same way, we can build what looks like a beautiful life on the surface but without the solid rock of God's Word as our foundation, we will eventually crumble. At some point in every life the storms do come. We can be blown on every side, but with God's Word as our Rock, we will come forth with hearts of praise! Today, build a firm foundation, work His Words into your life!