Day 2: The Constant in the Chaos - A Devotional
Pray - Take a moment to pray as you enter into this time with God. Ask His Holy Spirit to speak to you through His Word.
Read - Matthew 7:24-27
The Wise and Foolish Builders - Part 2
“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.”
Reflect - Last time, we focused on the foundations of these two houses and of our own lives. Today we’ll look at how those foundations are built and the results they provide.
Read back through the passage and look for what is identical in these two scenarios.
What is different?
Both of these builders heard the words of God. Subsequently they both built a house. Then they both faced rain, streams and wind.
The first difference comes with the wise man putting into practice what he heard. The foolish man does not. Other than being called wise and foolish the only other difference is one house did not fall and the other fell with a great crash. (if you ask me, that’s a pretty big difference!)
Get Real - To put it as simply as possible:
We either put the Word of God into practice or we don’t.
Based on that, we will withstand the rains and the wind or we will fall with a great crash.
It’s not storm or no storm. Both of these houses faced a storm. It’s fall or not fall. Wisdom or foolishness.
We get to choose.
One final thought: Before they could decide whether to put the words into practice, they first had to hear the words of God.
So, these questions have to be answered:
Are you hearing the words of God? How? (reading your Bible, “going” to church - however that looks for you right now, listening to worship music, podcasts, having conversations with people who talk about the Word of God, etc)
What are you doing with what you are hearing? Are you putting what you hear into practice? If so, how? Be specific. Don’t just tell yourself what you think the right answer is. If not, why not? How can you take steps towards building your life on the solid foundation of His Word?
Pray - As you close your time today thank God for His Word and the solid foundation he has for you. Talk with him honestly about where you want to grow. Ask him to help you hear more of His Word and of course ask him for the strength and discipline to put it into practice!