What is the coolest trip you have ever taken?
For me, it would probably have to be when I got to go to the Holy Land (Israel) during college. I had spent a semester studying and preparing with my classmates for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We spent countless hours studying the geography and historic landmarks of the region. We felt prepared for what we were about to experience.
However, we started the trip in Egypt and were going to follow what is believed to be the Exodus route out of Egypt into Israel. Turns out, don’t get on a camel that your Egyptian tour guide says not to get on. Two of my buddies were taken for every dollar that they had saved up for our trip by the guys waiting for naive tourists. The guys wouldn’t let my buddies off the camels until they paid up. It was hysterical and unfortunate all in one.
Though some of us (I say some because the rest of us heeded the wise advice of our tour guide) weren’t really prepared to handle the tourist trap, none of us were ready to experience the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, or the Sea of Galilee. These beautiful bodies of water were beyond breathtaking to experience. It’s easy to see the imagery of what Jesus was talking about when He says in Matthew 7 not to build a house on the sand but to build firmly on the rock that frequently surrounds these waters.
Building a house on the rock means that we trust in the God of the universe who commands the seas to calm. It means that we obey the God who commands torrents to cease. It means we submit our hearts and lives to the God who commands the winds to be still.
How’s your foundation today? Spend some time meditating on Matthew 7:24–27 and reflect on what your foundation is built upon.