Have you ever done something foolish? Have you looked back at a decision and thought, “I should have made a different decision. That was foolish.”? Do you now think through your choices more carefully because of having made a poor decision previously?
We have all made poor decisions. We may have gotten ourselves in debt to the point of drowning in it. We may have chosen a bad relationship. We may have chosen a profession that didn’t suit us. We may currently be living with the results of a bad decision.
When we make bad decisions, we feel foolish. We may even feel as though every person we encounter knows the bad decision we’ve made. It’s as though there is a billboard across our forehead announcing it. We try to put it behind us, but it takes a long time to do so.
There is one decision that can not only make us feel foolish, but it can be a decision that has an eternal effect—that is to choose to listen to Jesus or ignore Him. He tells us Himself that not listening to Him is foolish. We might as well be building a house on the beach with no foundation as to ignore Him. It has the same effect. We will regret it later. When we do not listen to Him, whatever we think we are building will come down with a crash.
How do we listen to Jesus? Through prayer. Prayer is not merely a time to lay out a litany of requests, but a time to listen for guidance. We have Jesus’ written guidance and the Holy Spirit by which Jesus continues to communicate to us. Once we become attuned to listening, we will be amazed at how much Jesus will communicate with us through His Spirit.
I pray we all choose to listen to Jesus. I pray we read His written Word and spend time in prayer listening. I pray each one of us will choose to make the wise choice for today and eternity. Listen to Jesus. Spend time in prayer listening. Become attuned to communicating with Jesus. Make the wise choice. Build your life upon the Rock.
Matthew 7:26-27 “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”