Forming the Foundation
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.” Matthew 7: 24-27 (ESV)
When you were a child you may have learned this verse through a song, complete with hand motions and satisfying sounds to accompany the foolish man’s building exploits. For such a simple passage of Scripture, it has an unlimited amount of flexibility in how it can apply to our daily lives. Have you considered taking a look at the foundation for your study time? In today’s world, with so many materials available and information a click away via technology, it can be easy to lose sight of what foundation we are building our personal study upon.
There are more options available than a Christian could ever hope to explore in a lifetime of study, and the number grows larger every week. There are video and audio recordings of sermons. Thousands of podcasts are available dealing with a whole range of topics relevant to the Christian walk, including many going through studies. There are books and devotionals covering a broad range of topics. There are commentaries on the entire bible from dozens of different authors. That isn’t even considering the debate out there on which translation in itself is the best to use.
It can be easy to lose your entire daily study time among the collection of resources out there. And those resources, in themselves, are outstanding and absolutely worth reading, viewing, or hearing. But if those have become your entire study time, perhaps it is time to take a step back and consider what you are building your foundation upon.
The Bible tells us that “16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) which should be a clear enough argument for what should form our foundation when we study. Our time with God each day can be supplemented with those other things, so long as they are rooted in Biblical truths and are Scripturally sound, but they are no substitute for a daily delving into the Bible itself. Just like you would not build the foundation for a house out of shingles, your foundation in study should not be built primarily on anything other than Scripture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Wiley is an author of Fantasy and Science Fiction stories, choosing to write the stories he would love to read and praying that God would use his love of writing to reach an audience desiring to know God. Find him at: https://authordavidwiley.wordpress.com/