Prayer for the day
Out of the depths have I called to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.
Scripture for the day
In Matthew’s passage today, Jesus tells his hearers what constitutes wisdom. He uses the analogy of building to speak of wisdom as building a house on a solid foundation, like a rock. That foundation, says Jesus, is obedience. The one who hears what Jesus says, and puts it into practice (in obedience) is building a foundation for life that will weather the storms that come.
In his old age, Abraham must have started to worry about God’s promise being fulfilled through his son, Isaac. He was aging, his wife had died, and his son was as yet unmarried. He knew it would not be long before he was no longer able to see the promis of God fulfilled in his son. This was the perfect time for Abraham to emulate the foolish man in Jesus’ example. He had heard the word of God, heard the promise, heard his part in the promise, and his responsibility, to walk faithfully before his God.
Now, in the moment of decision, Abraham was faced with the option to continue in faith, believing that God would accomplish his plan as Abraham continued in faithfulness, or to abandon the plan for a surefire thing. He could have sent Isaac back to his hometown, to get a wife there from among people who would’ve still likely remembered Abraham. He had the easy plan in hand.
Or he could be faithful, seek a wife for his son among the people who feared his God, who loved the God he loved. Abraham, in his climactic moment, made the choice of the wise man. He lived out his days knowing that he had built a strong foundation for his son in that instant, having made the choice to hear the word of God and to obey.
It’s funny. Hearing the word of God is not our problem today. We have the Scriptures. We have the church. We have the counsel of history and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
We only lack the wisdom to listen, and to obey. Let this be the day you say yes to the work of God. Let this be a wise day. Hear his words, and put them into practice.