House on the Sand.033015

Eroded beach with house, Pititinga, Natal (Brazil)[Jesus said] “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, is like a fool who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”  Matt 7:26-27.

What does this mean? ‘House’ means me or you and our lives; the things we base our lives on; the things we surround ourselves with.  The things we rely on when the storm comes.  If those things are sitting on sand, and the sand moves or disappears every time a storm comes, then we’re living on shaky ground.  You might say a precarious existence.  If what you trust in is moving all the time, how secure can you be?  How much peace can you have?  Not much.

Take money.  (And with money I include cash, CD’s, retirement accounts, stock, bonds, mutual funds, insurance, or other investments like land or cattle, or gold or silver.  What do all these things have in common?  They’re constantly moving and changing.  Constantly shifting in value; going up and down in price.  Even cash money is constantly losing value because of inflation.   All these things are a lot like sand.  Every time the wind blows, every time it rains, everything moves.  Amazing analogy.  And Jesus says, “Only a fool would do that: live in (trust in) a house that’s built on the sand.”  Yet that’s what most of us are depending on here in America.

So what are we going to do?  Are we going to hear Jesus, do what He says, be wise, and build our houses on The Rock? OR are we going to hear His words, and ignore them, like a bunch of fools who built their houses on the sand?

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