by Sharla Guenther This is a parable (or a story) Jesus told to teach a…
An example of hearing God’s words and doing what they say is like hearing in Sunday School that we need to love our neighbor like we love ourselves. Say you notice that one of the kids at school is crying and upset on the playground and other kids are laughing and making fun of them. Instead of joining in, you go over and comfort them and play with them. You do what you learned—be a friend and love your neighbor.
When you obey what you learn in the Bible, God calls you wise! To be wise or have wisdom is not how smart we are, but more what we do that’s important. When we obey God and listen to him that makes us wise. Of course, being wise is a gift from God, and we can ask for it when we pray.
Getting back to the story. Jesus said that the wise man built his house on the rock. When the rain came down and the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; it didn’t fall down because it had a strong thing to stand on (the rock).
The people that hear God’s words and don’t practice them are like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
What do you think happened to the house that was built on the sand? Think about what happens when you build a sand castle. Is the sand castle strong? What would happen if it rained and a big wind came?
Just like a sand castle, a house can’t be built on sand—it comes crashing down! “The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall” (Matthew 7:27).
We know that God is the maker of everything, he made us and knows what’s best for us. So if he gives us good choices to follow in the Bible and gives us these “rules” they are meant to help us, not to hurt us. He has a good plan for our lives.
God doesn’t want to boss us around, he loves us and wants the best for us. He wants us to listen to what he says in the Bible and obey.
Would you rather be foolish or wise? If we build your life on obeying God that’s like building our life on the rock. We will be strong when things around us are hard to handle. We can trust God.
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