It’s 8PM on a Monday night, I’m sitting in the living room with my 4-year-old watching the Looney Toons version of “The Three (3) Little Pigs” and, of course, this gets me thinking about the message that is being communicated through this short little story.
If you’re not familiar with the story (which, I REALLY hope you are, but just in case), it’s about three little pigs who go to build their houses. One builds their house of straw, one of sticks, and the last pig out of bricks.
Along comes a big bad wolf who tries to blow down their houses so he can eat them. He successfully does this with the pigs in the straw and stick homes, but when he comes to the little pig in the brick house he can’t knock it over. It remains standing against the wolfs attempts.
The moral of the story is making sure that you are building on a solid foundation so that your life doesn’t come crashing down all around you in an instant when the woes of life come blowing against it.
The bible has a similar story…except the Bible tells of two houses.
One built on sand and one built on the rock.
In Matthew 7:24-27 NLT, we read the words of Jesus:
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Similar to the story of the three little pigs…Jesus is warning against building on a shaky foundation.
The foundation that Jesus is referring to is the truth in His Words. The revelation of who He is, and why He came. The truth in who is, and what this means for us. When we build our earthly and eternal foundation on Jesus, trials will still come (he never said they wouldn’t, in fact he even says “Though the rain comes…” with certainty), but we in spite of the storms we will not be easily shaken.
This, unfortunately, cannot be said of those who have built their house upon the sand (a shaky foundation outside of Jesus).
So…what foundation have you built your life upon?
The Rock (Jesus)? OR The Sand (anything else)?