In October I was able to go on a two week trip back to my host country of four years. While driving through the capital city I saw the sign above. LG is targeting people having affairs with a privacy “guest mode” on their new phone. Our culture and values have disintegrated so far that an affair is no longer taboo or sinful, but we accept it and try to help others out who are participating in such an activity.
Last night I participated in an Advent dinner, and the leader of the discussion asked, “With what are you trusting Jesus?”
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
– Matt 7.24-25
We can talk doctrine, morality and theory until we are blue in the face. But until we begin to actually trust Jesus with our lives, we are playing a mental game. We are theorizing, debating, imagining and strategizing, but the rubber has yet to meet the road. In reflecting on this passage my roommate noted that the trials will come. The floods will rise, the wind will blow. Life will test our houses. Our faith.
“If you will not believe, you surely shall not last.”
– Is 7.9b
Where do you turn in your moment of need. When a trial pops up, do you despair? Do you get depressed? Do you jump into overdrive to fix it yourself? Does your house fall down? Unless our foundation is faith in the solid rock our houses will fall.
Do you have a foundation laid? Or are you so acculturated with the world’s values that you cannot even discern the will and heart of God? Does it break your heart that marriages are falling apart, that people are irreverently breaking their covenants and promises? Or do you think a privacy guest mode for phones is a good secret-keeping idea? When our foundation is laid in the teachings and heart of God, these tragedies should break our hearts. We hate the things that He hates and love the things that He loves. And when our foundation is laid in His grace and law, when we build our houses out of faith in those things, when the winds blow and the floods come, we trust in Him. We are solid. We are firm. He holds us together. And He sees us through.
With what are you trusting Jesus today?