I remember when I was 8 years-old my dad, granddad, great uncle and a few other men built our home. I grew up on a couple hundred acres in West Texas where it was still common for the men to get together and build a house. A few subs were brought in along the way, but for the most part these men built the home that my Dad still lives into today. I remember living in a trailer next to the house while it was being built, and I still have a very vivid memory of the foundation. It seemed like it was visible for a long time. We would run on it, play on it, and even got to do a hand print in the corner. I watched those men use large machinery to dig deep before they poured that foundation.
We don’t want to take the time to dig deep these days. We want to dig quickly and efficiently and go about our life. Jesus says that the one who believes in Himself and puts that belief into practice is like one, “He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” If the metaphor is a little too obscure, Jesus even gives us a framework for one who believes. One who 1) Comes to me 2) Hears my words (reads scripture and takes time to listen) 3) Acts on them. If we will do this, consistently, then Jesus tells us we cannot be shaken. So I must ask myself today, do I regularly take time to dig deep? Is my house well built?