Wednesday, June 24, 2020

He built his house on a shaky foundation.

“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).

Thursday 25th June 2020, 12th Week in Ordinary Time.

How is the foundation of your house? Set on reinforced concrete or rock? Or on quickly baked sand and cement? In today's teaching, which is part of the Sermon on Mount Discourse, Jesus teaches us the importance of wisdom in living a life that is solid, safe and secure.

Wisdom deals with Choice - this or that? Build on rock or save money and compromise the foundation. UT Austin or Notre Dame? Marry Sharon or Mary? Do an annual retreat or take a vacation?

Scripture promises:
#1. "If anyone fears the Lord he will show him the path he should choose." (Psalm 25).

#2. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding/ Intelligence/Experience.
Seek/ (Submit/Embrace ) his will in all you do, and he will show/direct you which path to take." (Cf Proverbs 3: 5 - 6 ).

Jesus continues His teaching. Let us re-imagine the text below:

"And 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 [pandemics], the floods came [pandemics], and the winds blew [pandemics] and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7: 26 - 27).

True wisdom lies in hearing and doing the word of God. How do we become wise? We have seen that the reverential fear of God brings wisdom. If your children love you and respect you, they will "fear" to do anything that will offend you. You do likewise to friends and people you value.

How do you make good and godly choices become a habit?
#1. Pray for Wisdom every day. You will surely get it.
#2. Read and ponder the word of God daily. It is the source and foundation of Wisdom.
#3. Practice daily examination of conscience. You will see where you have been wise and foolish in the course of the day. You resolve to act appropriately in the future.

Wisdom is listed as the first of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ask for the Promise of the Father. Ask and you receive Him immediately.

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