Looking back, I’m full of nothing but gratitude for all those teachers, in different churches, that taught me those children songs. Even though I didn’t exactly understand what those songs meant then, or didn’t enjoy the methods they sometimes applied to teach them, I am now grateful for them. At times I don’t expect, some of those songs pop into my consciousness, and they serve as an encouragement or a reminder of basic principles.
One such song I’m really grateful for is the song “The wise man built his house upon a rock”. I’m grateful for it because its message is especially relevant to this generation, where standards keep shifting, and black and white borders continue to gradually merge into shades that confuse even the colour Grey.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
In the bid to do great things, or make a name for yourself, or provide a better life for family, or even make mama proud, we sometimes tend to forget the One Thing that really matters. Jesus warns us in His Word against building our lives on any other thing apart from His Word.
Whatever is built on the Word of God will stand the test of time and eternity. God has told us that His Word will never pass away (Luke 21:33), what better structure can we build on? Anything not built on the Word of God will pass away, just like Earth, Heaven and every other physical thing eventually will.
Every day this world system, in different ways, will come at us like a Hurricane storm. It will test what we believe in. It will test the foundation we have built our lives on, what we stand for, what we stand on. If we build on the sand (and not the Word of God), we will gradually find ourselves shifting stance, and giving ground, until we collapse into the floods.
Knowing God’s Word, and Obeying it in every aspect of our lives is how we build on the Word of God. It’s more than turning to the Word of God at life’s major crossroads, it involves everyday application of our knowledge of God’s Words in every detail of our lives, whether minute or major. It is how we can build structures of eternal relevance. It’s easier said than done. God help us.