I’m always looking for a good story. Why? You will remember the story long after you remember the sermon. Hopefully, by remembering the story you will remember something about the sermon. Jesus liked stories too. The gospels are filled with stories that Jesus told. We call them parables. It is not surprising then that Jesus closed His Sermon on the Mount with a story. The story is one in which we can relate. The story consists of a wise man and a foolish man. The wise man was wise because he built on a good foundation. The foolish man was foolish because he built on sand. What does that mean for us?
What if you were told that there was a Scriptural truth so encompassing that if you applied it correctly, it could help you in every situation of your life? Would you be interested? That’s the way I feel about these verses.
Jesus gave us a promise and a prophecy. The promise is that if we build on Him as our foundation, when the storms of life come, we will survive, because we are founded on the rock. The prophecy is that if we ignore his foundation, we will fall apart when the storms of life come. Just for good measure, Jesus said, “And great was its fall.” I have witnessed enough “great falls” in life to know that Jesus spoke truth when He gave His prophecy.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.