“The foolish man built his house upon the sand…”
“The rains came down and the floods came up…”
“The foolish man’s house went, SPLAT!”
The alarm goes off. You climb out of bed, look in the mirror and immediately start evaluating yourself. You brush your teeth, fix your hair, put on make up, and pick out clothes, all in attempts to improve what you first saw when you woke up. You now feel ready to face the challenges of your day.
Hours after beginning your day, you receive tragic news that your best friend was killed in an accident.
Because your faith was built on yourself, your confidence shatters. You doubt. You question. You crumble. You fall. You don’t feel so beautiful anymore.
“The wise man built his house upon the sand…”
“The rains came down and the floods came up…”
“The wise man's house stood firm.”
The alarm goes off, you roll over and grab your Bible. You spend 10 minutes reading God’s voice, which tells you how beautiful you are. You climb out of bed, look into the mirror, and immediately pray for God to grow, protect, and mold your faith. You now feel ready to face the challenges of your day.
Hours after beginning your day, you receive tragic news that your best friend was killed in an accident
Because your faith was in God’s word and His ability to mold your faith, you give your worries and heartaches over to God. And you press forward, in confidence, knowing everything will be ok. Your beauty presses on.
Which story describes your day-to-day routine? Which faith do you have? Faith in yourself and your own abilities? Do we wake up every morning and look into our spiritual mirror, seeing how to enhance our spiritual beauty for God with faith in what He and only He can accomplish in you?
Jesus’ brother, James, addresses this very situation in James 1:22-25:
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. “
We spend our money, time, thoughts and efforts towards trying to enhance our outward appearance. Beauty has become this generation’s obsession. But shouldn’t we be focusing and obsessing on what God thinks is beautiful? What does this faith in the outward appearance do for a person when the storms come?
Troubling times will come our way. The rains will descend, the floods will come, and the winds will blow and beat on us. But if we place our faith where it belongs, on God’s abilities and not our own, we will not fall.
There is nothing wrong with taking care of our bodies and making ourselves presentable. We know this. The story of the wise and foolish man, as well as James’ message, was never intended to cause us to stop caring about our appearance. Making ourselves outwardly presentable becomes wrong, however, when we place more emphasis on that, than on making our soul presentable to God. Our soul, which feeds on our faith, is eternal. Our outward appearance however, only last a few decades, if that.
We are told specifically where to put our emphasis each morning when we look into that physical and spiritual mirror.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.“
1 Peter 3:3-4
How does this apply to us today? We can be hardworking, accomplished, beautiful people but if we don’t put our foundation in God then when the storms of life come our way we will fall just as the foolish man. We must be like the wise man, who didn’t just think about the appearance of his house but on what it was standing on - GOD! We know that troubling times will come our way; the rains will descend, the floods will come, and the winds will blow and beat on us, but if we place God in our lives where He belongs, we will not fall.
Don’t be foolish in your faith. Be wise. Don’t just aim for beauty, but stability. Don’t put your face first, but your faith! This way, when the storms do come, instead of falling face first, you’ll lean on your faith first.
Hannah Fay Danner is from Blackwater, MO. She is 18 years old and attending Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, TN with a major in Convergent Media. She hopes to shine bright for God in my life and influence as many souls as she can, including a family of my own.