“Details matter. It’s worth waiting to get it right.”
While depictions of his life do not make me envy the man, he certainly had a knack for details. The ease of the end user experience for a computer is made up of a million little details like how many fonts you can use to whether you power cord stay attached when you want it to but also not drag your machine off the table when you don’t want it to. It’s important to pay attention to details, not just in computing, but in life and especially when we read the Scriptures.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 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.”
In the familiar sense of the word foolish from the Old Testament, Jesus listeners (and Christians usually too) would think of a person who has turned their back on God, is living apart from Him entirely.
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”
But this is not quite the picture Jesus paints. Instead he says, ‘If you are sitting here listening to all this, nodding your head, thinking how great is all sounds, but aren’t going to obey my teaching, you are the real fool’. The real fools are found inside the church, not outside. People who come to hear the words of Christ Himself, Savior of the whole world, but don’t deem them worthy of following.
The person ‘who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man’, not the people who have never heard His words.
Lord, I am a fool. Help me in my unbelief.