by Tony Nester

On Rock or Sand?
Pastor Tony R. Nester
Matthew 7:24-29

(Matthew 7:24-29 NRSV) ""Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. {25} The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. {26} And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. {27} The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great was its fall!" {28} Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, {29} for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes."

We like to think we've built our lives on solid ground but so often people discover that what's underneath them is soft sand instead of hard rock.

During the last three winters Evelyn and I were able to make our first trips to southern California to visit my two sisters, Jean and Connie, who live there. As we drove up the coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on we were amazed to see homes had been built on the tops of hills and ridges that were crumbling away because of mud slides. People want homes with a view of the ocean, and contractors have persuaded home buyers that they can build a house for them on those soft and sandy hilltops and hillsides. If you've watched the news you know that every year when the rains come some of those houses loose their moorings and go sliding down the hillside. Sometimes the entire hillside simply dissolves into mud.

In Malibu there were homes built high on the hillside that came sliding down and crashing into houses lower on the hillside. I'm sure the builders told the home buyer they could anchor their house to a good foundation, but nevertheless, home owners have watched their houses slide away into destruction. The arid soil, when saturated with water, si ...

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