7:24 “Everyone 27 who hears these words of mine and does them is like 28 a wise man 29 who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 30 came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” 31
(Matthew 7:24-27, NET)
This is a simple truth (as truth always is): if we do things the way our Father tells us to do them, our efforts will be in sync with the fabric of the universe or the “cosmos,” and our efforts will have good results – not only in our personal lives, but also above and beyond the scope of our limited vision (-usually rather limited to self). In listening to our Father’s advice, in a very real sense we are opening ourselves up to a higher vision, which sees farther out and deeper in than we can; even regarding our own self, needs and desires – not to mention those of others. There is however, no false promise of paradisal bliss at following higher wisdom. The story tells us up front that rain, floods and wind, will come beating upon the house we build. The promise is that the house built upon the rock will not fall down.
If we choose to disregard the advice however, our efforts are not said to “instantly” fail. Like a persistent child warned against building their sand castle below the the tide-line, we may in fact soon discover (in our limited vision) that things appear to be going quite nicely to plan. After all, those silly little waves are so far away! And so, having chosen to follow our own plans, our ears will begin to drown out the advice and harden against the “whispers.” The warnings of impending doom soon begin to seem so distant and harmless. But because of our limited vision, our soul will soon begin to set its plans in a trajectory that cannot help but collide with that unavoidable reality, and eventually we will find that all of our best efforts will have really been swept away with the tide. We don’t have to listen or adjust our agenda, but the reality of the ocean (or the cosmos, as the case may be) still stands and goes on running regardless of our opinions, desires or wishes. As someone said, consequences are bound to the choice you make. You can have your choice, but you cannot choose your consequences.
“Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.”
― George MacDonald