Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matt 7:24-27)~~ The lives of believers and unbelievers are actually very similar; the key difference is in the Word on which the believer stands. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; others upon an outward profession of religion. Upon these they venture; but they are all sand, too weak to bear such a fabric as our hopes of heaven. Some key points to consider: ALL; both believers and unbelievers are being exposed to the Word, but the believer stands on it and applies it to life. Just as the sun rises and sets for both good and evil people, the rains also fall on the just and unjust (Matt 5:45). We ALL will encounter trials; for man born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1). The unbeliever sees no light from the sun because they live for darkness, they flee the rain and succumb to trials, while the beginner’s way is shown by the light, they are nourished and washed by the rains and they stand on a firm foundation in Christ in a trial. There is a storm coming that will try every man’s work. When God takes away the soul, where is the hope of the hypocrite? On what does the unbeliever stand? The house fell in the storm, when the builder had most need of it, and expected it would be a shelter to him. It fell when it was too late to build another. We must hear and do the sayings of the Lord Jesus: though some may seem hard to flesh and blood, but they must be done. What is your house built upon? May the Lord make us wise builders for eternity!