Matthew 7:24-2724 “So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man [a far-sighted, practical, and sensible man] who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them, will be like a foolish (stupid) man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods and torrents came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great and complete was its fall.”
In the above scripture, Jesus tells the parable of building a house on
sand versus rock, we know that he’s taking about a person listening
his parables and adhering to his teachings. However, let’s look at
something else that he’s also saying, He tells us in the first part of the
verse, that if you build your house anticipating a storm, you are a
wise man, and if you build your house not anticipating a storm you are
a foolish man.
In traditional marriage vows, the minister will ask, “Do you take this
man/woman for better or for worse”, and as time and circumstance has
shown us, people marry for the better and fail to realize that there
could be a worse.
By focusing only on the better, you are building your house on sand,
the reality of life is, that you will have good times as well bad
times, this comes simply with the process of turning two into one. We
commonly talk to couples who prior to problems in their marriage don’t
have any systems in place i.e., how are we going to pay the bills,
disciplining the children, health, child support, baby momma drama
etc. When you build your marriage anticipating that challenges will
come, you are more careful to put things/systems in place that will
lessen the impact of those challenges.
In short, storms will come but your house won’t be washed away. Don’t
be a fool and build your house on things that are constantly moving,
emotions, feelings, good looks, etc. build your house knowing full
well that a storm is coming and in the end you will be proven wise.
Now that’s a word!