24 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: 25 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. 26 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: 27 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. – Matthew 7:24-27 (KJV)
There is a tight connection between wisdom and faith. By faith, we learn to rely on God and His wisdom, as opposed to our flawed ways and understanding. This is especially true during times of anxiety and fear.
Anxious thoughts cloud our ability to think rationally. Instead of truly turning our troubles over to the Lord, understanding that He is greater than anything we fear, we mull over our fears. When we keep turning our troubles over and over in our heads, the fear builds and grows until it becomes overwhelming.
When we put our faith in anything but the Lord – following our fears instead of choosing to take God at His Word – we are choosing the foolish path. We are building our house on shifting sand. And all it takes is one shift of the ground and our foundation will crumble.
When we trust God, basing our decisions and thoughts and direction on His Word, resting in His goodness, knowing He works all things to do the good of those who love Him, then we are truly following the path of wisdom. True wisdom is from God, and requires faith. The two provide a firm foundation upon which to build and grow.
When anxious thoughts and dark clouds of worry begin to gather, don’t stare at them. When you feel the ground beneath you shift, don’t panic. Go to the Lord. Be purposeful in casting off your anxieties and taking up His yoke of joy and peace instead. Trust God over and above what you perceive and find rest in Him. Move out of the house built on sand before it erodes beneath your foundation and drags you down with it.
Trust God. He is our solid, immovable, unshakable foundation. He is our Rock, our Fortress, our Ever Present Help. if you find you are dwelling on a sandy base, it is time to move. After all, location is everything.