Our Daily Bread- A Lesson from A Fence
- READ: Matthew 7:21-29
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise
man who built his house on the rock. —Matthew 7:24
When a section of fence around our house blew down in a howling March wind,
my first reaction was to blame the man who built it for me only a few
months before. On further reflection, I knew the fault was mine. As the
fence was nearing completion, I told him there was no need to replace
four existing posts from the previous fence with new ones set in
concrete. “Just attach the new fence to the old posts,” I said. “It will be fine.” It was—until the winds came.
Jesus told a powerful story to emphasize the importance of building our lives on the solid foundation of obeying His Word. “Whoever hears these
sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was
founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and
does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the
sand” (Matt. 7:24-26). When the wind and rain beat against the houses,
only the one built on the rock remained standing.
Hearing God’s Word is essential, but doing what He says is the key to
weathering the storms of life. It’s never too late to start building on
the Rock. —David McCasland
The wise man builds his house on rock
Instead of sinking sand;
For when the storms of life descend,
That house will surely stand. —Sper
When the world around you is crumbling, God is the Rock on which you can stand.