My son is currently interested in the children’s TV program called, ‘Little Einsteins’. One particular favorite show highlights the theme of the “big, bad wolf and three little pigs”. I’ve watched this episode multiple times a day and it’s refreshed some childhood memories of this classic story.
The first, little pig builds a house out of straw. After his hard work is completed, the “big, bad wolf” appears. This wolf blows forcefully at the house and the house falls down. The straw is simply too unstable. In this particular show, the portrayed wolf laughs with glee and joyfully dances away.
The second, little pig builds a house out of sticks. Just as it happens with the first, the “big, bad wolf” appears. This wolf blows forcefully at the house and the house falls down. The sticks are simply too unstable. Once again, the portrayed wolf laughs with glee and joyfully dances away.
The third, little pig builds a house out of bricks. Again, the “big, bad wolf” appears once the pig has completed his hard work. The wolf blows forcefully at the house. However, this time the house doesn’t fall down. He is unsuccessful because the foundation of the house is strong, firm and secure. The portrayed pigs are the ones who rejoice and the wolf is blown away- defeated.
There is a lesson to be had after observing this classic childhood story. In fact, God’s very word gives me a similar portrayal for my every day life. In particular, it stresses the importance of living according to His word.
If I have heard the word of God but do not put his teaching into practice, I am like “a foolish man who built his house on sand.” And, just like the wolf who appears and blows forcefully, when “the winds blew and beat against that house, it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:26-27).
The word of God builds faith in me. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”- Romans 10:17 (KJV). I must consistently refresh my soul with the word of God. If I do not do this, then my inner man is weak- too unstable. When the enemy attacks me with temptations, hardships and trials, my inner man (house) will surely fall with a great crash.
On the contrary, if I hear the word of God and put His teaching into practice, then I am “like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”- Matthew 7:24 (NIV). You see, Jesus is the word of God in the flesh (John 1:14). And, He is also the rock. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.- Psalms 62:6 (NLT). Therefore, when “the winds blew and beat against that house; it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”- Matthew 7:25 (NIV).
It is by Jesus, and written in the word of God, that my enemy is defeated for me. In this way, [Christ] disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.- Colossians 2:15 (NLT). Just like the three little pigs at the final portrayal, I can rejoice in my promise that the enemy is blown away.
When I daily refresh my soul with the word of God, I am ensured that the foundation of my inner man is strong, firm and secure. It is I who can laugh with glee and joyfully dance because my hard work is made complete in Christ Jesus.
“During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”- Matthew 4:3-4 (NLT)