(Jesus said): “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.” Matthew 7:24-27 (NRSV)
It’s funny the things we put our trust in. Every day we hear of athletes who have earned multi -million dollar contracts to play sports games, only to have an injury or other setback that makes that “guaranteed money” not so guaranteed. Even celebrities who appear to “have it all” can very well be living in houses built on sand. TV shows and hit songs don’t go on forever, and the public can be quite fickle. Today’s hit performer is tomorrow’s has-been.
Even we, “regular people,” tend to put our trust and our sense of security and well being upon how well we are esteemed at our jobs, or in the money we earn- only to set ourselves up for devastation when those situations change.
The apostle Paul was one who learned (the hard way!) that true security, rest and stability are all found in Jesus Christ, our Rock and Savior, alone.
“Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NRSV)
Do we trust in the solid Rock Who is Jesus, or are we putting our trust in sandy, temporary things such as our own resources?