God’s Word, Our Firm Foundation

Matthew 7: 21, 24-27
Is 26: 1-6/ Ps 118: 1 and 8-9. 19-21. 25-27

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
(Matthew 7:24)

Nothing to fear in evil’s wake,
GOD’s Word is our firm foundation;
No rains or flood, or winds can break
Our faith in His sure protection.

“Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And every one who hears these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Matthew 7:21,24-27)

Reflection

In the present age, various forms of apostasy continue to threaten the foundation of our faith. Many Christians are easily swayed and misled, swept along by the floods of false beliefs. New Age and pseudo-Christian churches attract thousands who have not bothered to study Scripture and their Catholic doctrine seriously. The time is high for those in the Catholic renewal to follow the example of the saints to work harder to save so many misguided souls with the help of God’s Word.

The chief priests and elders of the Jews remained skeptical of Jesus’ divinity because they refused to open their hearts to His teachings for fear of losing their exalted status among the Jews. They could not even accept the miracles that He was performing as solid proof of His divinity.

People who are wise in the ways of the world are guilty of the same kind of cynicism because they do not read the Word of God and meditate on His Gospel lessons as often as they should. This lack of interest in God’s Word is what makes them question the authority of God. And the more they doubt His power and love, the least likely their prayers will be answered. God loves a trusting heart, and manifests His loving ways to the man of faith who has confidence in His mercy and His Word.

We must never question the things in life which we cannot understand, however unfair it might appear to us. We must never doubt the goodness of our Lord, even in the face of devastating storms, natural or man-made. Human minds are too limited to understand the designs of the Creator. Like the ants that labor below us who can never begin to comprehend the mysteries of man, neither can we fathom God’s plans. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). We must never ask the Lord why. We just have to trust Him in all things, against all doubts and fears. God is under no obligation to reveal to man the mysteries in His creation, just as it is His prerogative to grant His gifts of wisdom and discernment to whoever He pleases to give. And most of the time, the wise and the learned are not so favored; it is to the little ones that the Father chooses to reveal His mysteries (Mt. 11:25). As the psalmist wrote, “Good and upright is the Lord… He guides the humble to justice, He teaches the humble his way” (Psalm 25:9).

Help us Lord to persevere in helping those who do not understand; make us see that in all things, Your Will alone is our command. Amen.

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