Chaplains Chat, June 17 2016

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In Jesus’ time everyone knew that it was foolish to build your house on sand in unstable areas rather than on the stability of solid rock.

As we have recently experienced after every heavy rain a torrent of water forms almost immediately that has the potential to sweep away everything in its path. Jesus uses this observation to create the parable about the two houses that is a parable, which holds two perspectives to contemplate.

Jesus says, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. 
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock”. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Jesus presents the same scene negatively saying, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined” (Matthew 7:26-27)

Building your house on sand means placing your hopes and certainties in unstable and unpredictable things that cannot stand the test of time. To build one’s life upon rock therefore means to live in relationship with God through Jesus. God used words to communicate life to us and reveal truth. Unfortunately human beings often use words to kill and hide the truth!

Let us build our faith on the foundation and wisdom exemplified by Jesus.