“But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:26-27, NLT)

Most of our personal calamities or failures are a result of our disobedience to Jesus’ teaching. It is not because the calamity is God’s “payback” for our disobedience; rather, because we have ignored God’s blueprint we discover, frequently in tears, that our own designs are inadequate for the stresses of life. In such instances, it is we — not God — who are responsible.

It is helpful to note that in Jesus’ parable, both houses are beat upon by the rains, and assaulted by the floods.  However, only the house founded on a solid rock is able to withstand the trial.  

When the next storm of life greets you, will your life’s foundation prove adequate? Jesus says, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” (verse 24)  – Luther

Reminder: Daily Encouragement will take its customary Sunday break tomorrow.  Have a great day of worship, fellowship, and thanksgiving.  Lord willing, see you on Monday!

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