And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.Matthew 7:26-27
There is an old Peanuts cartoon where Lucy calls Charlie Brown a blockhead because he never learns and keeps making the same mistake over and over. Each time she places the football down for him to kick it, she yanks it out of the way right before he can. Charlie Brown thinks each time it will be different but it never is.
A blockhead is one that it seems like you tell them what they need to know but it never seems to get past their ears.
I use this term because the Greek word behind “foolish man” literally means blockhead.
If we hear the preached word or read the word of God and do not apply it to our lives, we are no smarter than Charlie Brown. We will never learn. We will keep trying to kick that football even though it has been yanked away every other time we have tried!
What is being described sounds like insanity doesn’t it? Well, that is because it is. When we know the right thing to do but do not do it, we are not acting logically. That is the very definition of insane. Further, when we keep doing the wrong things and expect good outcomes, we are fooling ourselves!
Remember, the storms of life are real. We are either in a storm right now, coming out of a storm, or there is a storm around the corner.
To continue to live outside of the direction of the word of God, we are setting ourselves up for certain disaster. And, as Jesus said, “great” is the fall of it!
Notice how this lesson is taught in Luke 6:
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?Luke 6:46
Jesus asks a logical question. Why do we call Him Lord but do not do what He says? Our confession means nothing if our walk does not change.
John explains it this way:
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.1st John 2:6
I love that little turn of phrase “also so.” It means that to whatever extent we claim to be a Christian, our walk should be to the same extreme.