Words from the Heart for Monday June 8th, 2020
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 7:26-27 (NIV)
The House on the Sand
Sandbanks Provincial Park in eastern Ontario has the world’s largest freshwater sand bar and dunes system. Farmers cut down +200-year-old trees to clear the land. They built buildings and roads; and to free up the land to grow crops, farmers allowed their cows to graze on the dunes. The removal of the dunes’ natural vegetation meant that there were no longer plants to keep the dunes and sand from shifting across the landscape, burying everything in its path.
The 19th century history of what has become Sandbanks Provincial Park in Ontario is a classic case of building your house on sand. As the dunes expanded, the houses nearby were buried by the sand and unusable. Jesus put it this way in Matthew 7:26-27: “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.” The Lord Jesus wants our lives to flourish. He loves us and wants the best for us. The first step is to commit our lives to Him. But if that’s all we do, if we don’t read His words, and put them into practice, our lives will not flourish. In fact, Jesus says that when the storms come, our lives will crumble. How much wiser to commit ourselves to be students of God’s Word, and practitioners of what we have learned. If we do, we are not building our lives on sand. Then when the storms come, our lives will stand strong.
These have been words from the heart.