The Difference

Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell – and great was its fall.”

Similarities and differences. In life they can make all the…well, they can make all the difference. Let’s consider this particular passage for a moment. Look closely at the two people. Same Lord. Same words. Same opportunity. Same rain. Same flood. Same wind. Different responses. Different designations. Different foundations. Different results. Different outcomes.

I wonder what that morning would have looked like to us if we had been there. In the aftermath of a tremendous storm we encounter two men, similiar to a certain extent but also very different in many regards. Both men had built a home. Both men had encounter a storm. But as the long night gave way to the light of a new day that is where the similarities ended. As we approach the scene take note of what we find. One man is praising. The other man is weeping. One man’s heart is full of gratitude. The other man’s heart is filled with regret. One man welcomes us into his home. The other man shows us the ruins of his house. One man is sipping his morning coffee. The other man is sifting through the remains of his life. One man is continuing forward with his life. The other man is having to start all over. One man has lost nothing. The other man has lost everything.

Such incredible contrast. Two men who started from the same point but ended up in two very different places. Both men heard the words of Jesus. Both men built a home. Both men faced a storm. But only one man survived. The difference? Small, but significant. One man, the wise man, took what he had heard from God and put it into practice. That’s it. That’s the one thing that made all the difference when the storm came and threatened to destroy everything he valued. One man walked in obedience to the word and will of His God. He built his home upon a foundation of obedience. And when the storm came and went, his house was still standing.

We can’t predict or control the storms of life. At best all we can do is prepare. Today’s obedience is tomorrow’s foundation. Hearing His voice and putting it into practice is preparation for the storms of life. But it’s something we have to do today. It’s too late to work on the foundation once the storm has come. Ever tried to move your house when the flood waters are rising? It’s not easy to say the least. Make the most of today. Begin to prepare for tomorrow by walking in obedience now. It may not seem significant in the moment but obedience today will make all the difference tomorrow.