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Walls That Go Splat!

On one of the street corners I used to pass by on nearly a daily basis, I noticed a small shopping strip being constructed. In total, there appeared to be about four to five small divisions that would eventually become shops, restaurants or offices of some nature.

As a couple of months went by, I watched as the foundation was laid, the concrete walls were built and gradually plastering work began. Then one day I noticed that both the front and back walls of the structure had been knocked down. How odd! The sides were left in tact, but everything else was leveled.

I was not in a position to be “in the know” as to why those walls were torn down, but I speculated that maybe the walls didn’t pass inspection and the contractors were told to try again. I also remembered the area had had a lot of rain about the time those particular walls were being constructed, so maybe the walls and plaster hadn’t dried properly. Whatever the reason, that contractor lost money and time on that project because something wasn’t done right.

Having to pass that site so often and observing the tearing down and rebuilding of those walls, I thought there must be some spiritual application that could be made. Of course, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the song I used to sing as a child, “The foolish man built his house upon the sand.” Yep, somebody definitely did something foolish. “And the walls on the house went ‘splat!’” Yes, they did.

However, the most prominent thought that kept coming to mind was that our spiritual growth is quite often like those walls, especially when we try to do and be something that is apart from the Lord. We get cocky at times and think we know best how to live. We set God aside and build our own walls and try to construct things in our life independently of His guidance and wisdom.

Romans 3:23 says that because man is a sinner, he will always fall short of God’s standards. Therefore, what we build on our own strength and in our own power will never measure up to His standards. So quite often, what we build needs to be torn down and rebuilt by Him.

When we build our lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ and allow Him to construct our lives, the walls will be perfect and there will be no need for rebuilding.

“The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the walls on the house stood firm.”


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