I was meditating on Luke 6:46-49 today:
46 ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.’
I realized by how both the wise and foolish builders faced a flood. Hearing Jesus’s words and putting them into practice does not shield you from the storm – it only allows you to weather it. I also saw that I don’t have to build a house that can withstand a flood – it’s the rock that does that. I only have to build in the right place. Lord, give me the grace to build my life on You, the Solid Rock. And help me to build well, with “gold, silver, costly stones” rather than “wood, hay or straw” (1Cor 3:12).