This week, we finish our study of the Sermon on the Mount, by pondering this passage: Matthew 7:24-27.
Lately, we may all be feeling like we've built our houses--real or metaphorical--on sand. I remember the day that my spouse was repairing the fence and digging holes for the post. He couldn't sink them deep enough because he hit water. We're about twenty inches above sea level, and although our house has pilings as part of its support system, but those were put in place long ago, long before anyone would have had to consider sea level rise.
I'm also feeling like the larger world is built on a foundation of sand. I watch world leaders bellow at each other and make nuclear threats which might be hollow or might be real, and I watch Venezuela slide into even greater chaos, and I wonder if we've fallen through a hole in time. Can we learn nothing from the mistakes of the past?
All of our ancient wisdom, across a variety of spiritual traditions, warns us about placing our trust in the wrong areas. Most of us have first hand experience in the loss of our material things. Most of us long ago realized how our world leaders might let us down.
Jesus reminds us of our true foundation: his words. Our last year's journey through the Sermon on the Mount shows us that Christ's teachings are just as relevant for twenty-first century life as they were when Jesus first spoke them. If we put those teachings into practice, Jesus assures us that our lives will not collapse--they may change in ways that we would never have imagined, but they will not be washed away.