I like a good looking house. One that will grab people’s attention. But when I look at a place, I’m always more interested in whether or not it’s structurally sound. I want to know that this building isn’t about to fall down around me. No one cares about the wraparound porch when the floors give out underneath your feet. In life, we can get wrapped up in those good looking additions and features, never focusing on the integrity of the structure. I know there have been many times that I stared down a goal that seemed both to be something attractive and worth pursuing without really placing that idea into prayer first. When I get to where I wanted to be be, I find out that it’s not really the best idea. I really just have to face how often I’m a poor judge of what’s good for me. I believe God wants a lot for us. But sometimes we give our own take on his will for our lives.
In Matthew, Jesus talks about building a foundation on His words before anything else, “24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but 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 man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
What I think is the main trouble is how often the house built on the sand looks like a beach house. When something looks good, it’s easy to think it’s God’s direction for our lives. We can idolize our own dreams and desires as something that should be attained above all else. Because God’s word doesn’t speak directly against where we’re at, we go without taking the time to listen to His voice in our own life. But storms will always arise. When I find myself in trouble, I pray that I’m able to be humble enough to learn the life lesson and not start over the same process again.