I imagine you are familiar with Jesusí words in the following passage. Perhaps you even know a song about it.
"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; 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

In this passage we clearly see the results of doing or not doing Jesusí words. But letís ponder the cause. Why do some people hear and obey? Why do others hear the same words and not obey? What is going on in their heads?

A foolish man does not obey because he doesnít respect God or Godís words. Heís got a better plan. He is "wise in his own eyes." In effect, he says to God, "Donít cramp my style. Iím running things here. I donít need your advice." The bottom line: he is proud, and his pride makes him unteachable.

It is very disturbing to think of what happens in thousands of churches every week. The pastor speaks the Word of God and people leave unchanged. They donít adjust their lives to what God says. How much pride is revealed when we hear the Word of God and then go on living as we always have?

On the other hand, a wise man hears and obeys because he respects God. He realizes God is wiser than he is and God is good. He understands that Godís will is better than his own. Therefore, Godís words do not meet with resistance in his heart. He does not obey them reluctantly. His heart embraces them. With the exception of the Bathsheba/Uriah episode, David is a good example of one who embraced Godís words. He made adjustments. "When I think of thy ways," David writes, "I turn my feet to your testimonies" (Psalm 119:59). He rejoices in how wonderful Godís instructions are. Listen to what else he says in Psalm 119:

Thy testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. (v. 24)

The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (v. 72)

My soul keeps thy testimonies; I love them exceedingly. (v. 167)

Lord, rescue me from foolishness. Teach me to respect You and trust You. Thank You that You desire our best and that You always show us paths of life.


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