The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

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24 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:
25 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.
26 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:
27 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.
(Matthew 7:24-27, KJV)

This gives the account of the parable of the wise man and the foolish man, told by Jesus Christ. I think a lot of people get the notion that if we liken ourselves to the wise man, and we build our foundation on Christ, all will be well. And that’s true. But look back at these scriptures again.

Nowhere in this account does it say that the wise man sat on his back patio in his hammock. It says nowhere that in his left hand, he’s holding a glass of ice-cold lemonade. It says nowhere that it’s a nice Summer day, with a cool breeze, and a babbling brook running through the backyard. Though this may be the case during some of the time, this isn’t how it is all of the time.

Both the wise man and the foolish man had the exact same experiences. The “rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house.” But in the end, we can see the difference. The foolish man’s house fell, “and great was the fall of it.” But the wise man’s house “fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.”

Life isn’t easy. Not even in the least bit. When we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing and living in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we will be blessed. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be tested. But, if we endure to the end, and build our lives on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, we’ll be lifted up on high at the last days.

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