“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

Recently we have all had to take advice much of which has been hard to follow. From the major, stay home to social distancing. The rationale behind the advice is not always clear but with explanations it becomes simpler and following the advice easier.

The gospel of Mathew gives us lots of advice but these verses are fundamental to our faith. Jesus himself explains many things using parables like this so we understand better what he wants us to do in our lives.

He explains clearly that if we base our faith on him nothing will shake us or destroy us but without that basis we are on shaky ground. We all have to deal with life’s ups and downs but if we stay true to our faith we will be safe with him. It’s not always easy but worth it for all benefits of his protection and love.

Pray: Lord keep us true to you. Let us remember you are always with us no matter what happens. Through the good and the difficult times let us remember your loving arms are always there to protect and encourage us.

Action: Take time today  perhaps when something sad or challenging happens to pause and remember god is there taking care of you.   Take 3 deep breaths and release the tension. Things will seem clearer.

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