By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.'”
I am picturing a bunch of settlers arriving on an island, and most choose to build their homes down by the river where they don’t have to walk far to fish, hunt, and get fresh water. Nevertheless, one smart settler puts his house upon the hill where it’s solid rock. Unlike the other settlers, he has to walk far every day carrying buckets of water up and down the hill. He has to go a long way to get his food – all of the game lives along the river and the fish are in the water. The wise settler tells the people living down near the water, “You have settled in a rainy, windy place. You are too close to that river.”
The people ignored his warnings, saying, “Oh you fool, look how easy our life is and look how hard your life is up there on the rock.”
“My friends,” he says, “the winds are a-coming, the rains are a-coming, and the streams will be a-rising.” Sure enough the storm comes and all of the people who had built that easy life down by the river found it was all for nothing. It was all destroyed. That’s what life is like.
Like that wise settler, one of the three little pigs knew he needed to build his home in brick, not straw. This story just had to be inspired by this Bible passage. The wolf’s a-coming. Are you ready? He’s a-coming. If you’ve built a house of brick and you’ve built it on the rock, you can mock that wolf until you’re blue in the face and he isn’t going to harm you. You don’t have to worry because you’ve taken the time to build your life the right way – on the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be wise and not always look for the easy way out. I want to build my life on your life to prepare me for whatever will come my way. Amen.
Reflection: Is there a time when you chose the easy way out and regretted it? Have you ever chosen the harder but wiser way of dealing with something and learned from it?