“He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.” (Luke 6:48)
Anyone who has experienced a flood knows the power of fast-moving water. The waters of a tsunami, for example, can unbelievably devastate entire towns and villages and destroy life. When a river floods, it may appear that the water is standing. In some places it may be standing, but eventually it moves and pushes objects out of its way and drags them along after that.
In a flood in Thailand, for example, the waters of the Ping River in Chiang Mai entered a subdivision that had streets lined with concrete walls. The walls stopped nothing and acted more like a turbo-charger. Water came roaring around one corner and barreled down the street at high velocity like white-water rapids. At the end of the street where it “T-ed,” the water ripped a huge hold in the concrete block fence and raged on through into an open field. But the buildings there that had solid foundations remained intact. There was water damage in the buildings, but the buildings were unmoved because of their foundations.
Jesus says that people who hear His words and act on them are like a man who dug down to the rock to build the foundations for his house. The flood could not budget it. The best flood insurance anyone can have is to hear and do the word of God.
Lord, Help each of us today to both hear and do Your word. Amen.