We have all heard the nursery rhyme about the three little pigs, right? If not, let me give you my version in a quick recap…the story goes a little something like this…
Mother pig decided her three little piggies were not so little anymore and kicked them out of her pigsty…uh…I mean, she sent them out to live on their own. However, despite being confident that they were ready to move out, she was very concerned about their well-being as she feared the ‘big bad wolf’ would make himself a pork sandwich; therefore, she instructed them to build a house to stay protected and away from the house special on the buffet.
Each little piggie, also worried about being slathered with BBQ sauce and wedged in between two sesame seed buns, listened to their mother’s warning and did as she instructed. The first Lil porker, being the impulsive buyer that he was, bought straw and scurried to put his house together. The second Lil porker, not wanting to have his house built last, panicked and rushed to build his out of sticks.
The third, much smarter Lil porker, took his time and worked hard to build his house out of sturdy bricks.
As the wolf was on the prowl for some yummy bacon, he approached the houses built with straw and sticks and would say, “Little pig, little pig, let me in.” Each pig, being confident in the construction of their home, would say, “Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.” But as it turned out, because the first two houses were constructed quickly and out of cheap labor, he was able to ‘huff and puff and blow’ their houses down. But not the sturdy brick house. The wolf huffed and puffed, but it was unmovable; it was solid. The wolf could do nothing to shake its foundation.
I read this story and think about how the materials the first two pigs used did offer some protection, but it was temporary. It could not protect them once trouble came ‘huffing and puffin.’ The third pig, on the other hand, remained calm, took his time, and used the best materials available to build a strong foundation so that when trouble came as his Momma warned, it wouldn’t knock him over and cause him to be drenched in BBQ sauce and smashed in between two slices of bread.
This simple fairy tale is an excellent reminder that a solid and strong foundation of faith must be built so that when trouble comes when the enemy does start ‘huffing and puffin’ with his nasty breath of bad news, negative doctor reports, words, and advice from others that hurt, a pregnancy announcement that you wish you were making or doubting and discouraging thoughts, you will be protected. You won’t waiver in your faith but instead, laugh in the face of your troubles because you know that your solid foundation built upon God’s Word will keep you safe as you wait for Him to fill your life with abundant blessings.
Do you recognize yourself in any of the three piggies? Do you constantly feel defeated and always standing around looking at a pile of blown down straw and sticks after the enemy has huffed and puffed? Or are you more like the third Lil piggy with a solid foundation and confident that no matter what negative circumstances come your way, you know God will protect, and He will fulfill all of His promises to you?
If you feel like the first two pigs regularly, I encourage you to look around closely. Examine your life and see what materials you are using to protect yourself.
An enemy is waiting around at every corner, ready to huff and puff and blow you down. Make sure you are ready to withstand His nasty breath. It takes more time and energy to build a house with bricks, but it’s worth it.
Below are the materials needed to help keep the enemy from knocking you down, roasting you over the fire, and making a pork sandwich out of you…
Regular prayer time
Don’t just pray in emergencies or out of desperation. That kind of prayer life will get you a house made of straws and sticks.
Regular devotional time
Spending time with God shouldn’t be just when you “feel” like it. It should be consistent every day to build your relationship and increase your trust in Him and His promises.
Attend church regularly
Once again, only attending sporadically will get you that straw house of your dreams. There is nothing greater than worshiping with other believers and hearing messages that God will use to increase your hope and faith.
Study scripture related to your circumstance
If you study, meditate, memorize, and understand what God says about you and your situation, then you won’t believe him when the devil tries to tell you the opposite.
Just like building a brick house took more effort and time than the others, it was well worth it in the end. Be patient and don’t rush the plans or the process God is doing in your life.
Testimony from Morgan:
Gut check! I have always noticed when my prayer life and devotional time is lacking, I resemble more so the first two piggies. I got lazy in building the foundation. But then there are seasons (more often than not, thank you Lord) where I resemble the third piggie. Unshakeable, unstoppable, sturdy, ready, and laughing in the face of trouble. I’m ashamed to admit lately due to my own doings, I’m a lot like piggie number one, or piggie number 2. Nonetheless, I know I will keep fighting to be in His presence, and back to piggie number 3.
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