HOUSE OF CARDS
Everyone who comes to me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like. Luke 6:47
There is a saying, “he’s a house of cards.” A person who appears strong can really be someone who crumbles when the right storm comes. We just can’t see beneath his intimidating exterior. If you’re old enough, you could tell numerous real-life stories about those whom you once feared but who were revealed for the weak people they really are.
Jesus goes on in this Luke passage to reveal that there are those who have built their life on sand. When the wind comes, their house blows over because they fashioned a foundation outside of Christ. Like ~
- Someone who controls others in the need to feel powerful.
- Someone who rules with fear in order to be feared.
- Someone who hides from emotional engagement in order to avoid vulnerability.
- Someone who bullies others in a an attempt to feel powerful.
- Someone who pretends to know everything for fear of being wrong.
If you have been the victim of someone who appeared strong, perhaps even scary, you know how long it took for you to realize that there was weakness underneath the façade. When you finally took your stand in Christ, you saw them morph into the person they really were.
As I write this, I am listening to the news about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Heartbreaking! A recent poll shows that 60% of our people believe that our world is unraveling. Yes, God is clear about the message of foundations and that upon which we build. Whether a person, or even a nation, any infrastructure that fails to be God-centered will crumble.
A house built on sand can look pretty impressive for a while but in the end, inevitable storms will test the bedrock.
In whom do we have our trust? Anyone other than you is a house of cards, Lord. Give me wisdom as I take stock of my own foundation and as I assess whom I fear. You are my Light and my Salvation. Whom shall I fear? Amen
Originally published Thursday, 15 November 2018.