“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
In the chapter I read today in the book “The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment” by Tim Challies, he discussed the internal, spiritual, and cultural influences that keep us from seeking discernment. Among the cultural influences, he cited a secular worldview, a low view of Scripture, a low view of theology, and a low view of God as factors that have led to a decline in discernment in recent years. All of these factors speak to the “lens” through which we’re looking at the world around us. It reminds me of a line in an old song about rose-colored glasses:
These rose-colored glasses that I’m lookin’ through
Show only the beauty, ‘cause they hide all the truth.
Isn’t that how we are? We could just as easily say this:
These sin-tainted glasses that we’re lookin’ through
Show only what we want to see, ‘cause they hide God’s absolute truth.
Only when we look through the lens of Scripture and build our foundation on His Word will we see things as they are and truly be discerning. Tim says it this way:
When we have rejected the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture, we allow Christians to depend on things other than the Bible as their guide to matters of life and faith. In particular, people begin to depend upon mysticism, upon ways of supposedly knowing God apart from the Bible. They look inward for intrinsic wisdom rather than outward to the Bible for its extrinsic wisdom. They forsake biblical reason in favor of feelings, voices, visions, or other subjective means of supposedly knowing God. This is a deadly error, for spiritual discernment must be founded upon God’s objective revelation of Himself in Scripture. We can only judge between what is wrong and what is right when we know what God says to be true. We can know this only from Scripture.
So true! We must be as the wise man and build our house upon the rock of God’s Word. So I ask you… who laid your foundation? Are you building your worldview on your own ideas or on the Word of God?
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand –
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
The Solid Rock; Edward Mote/William B. Bradbury; Public Domain