24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 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.” ESV
Jesus is telling this story about people. In this case it’s pretty obvious the good choice would be building on the rock but it’s “more” than a story about good/bad options. It’s a story for everyone whether they’re wise or foolish. Each hears these words…each built his house and on each the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. There’s “more” to consider here if the two builder’s circumstances were not what made the difference in their outcome.
This parable is not a story about the danger of circumstances. The danger Jesus is warning about is our destiny if we trust more in our belief rather than the truth of His Words. Recently I’ve discovered something new about how the Bible can tell me “more.” It was a surprise to me to discover if I’d been doing a word or topical search and copying the verses I found I could then read those verses as a story of their own without the references and Voila! I found “more” from His Word. So here’s “more” for today.
“The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.a So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, ‘the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,’ and ‘a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.’ They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.”b
a Deut 32:4
b 1 Peter 2:7