Don’t build your house here:
Obviously no one would intentionally build their house on top of a sinkhole (which, technically, would be impossible anyway, since there would be nowhere to build on…).
In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus says, “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.”
Jesus is cautioning us against building our house on unstable ground. Basically, how a sinkhole forms is from the earth being eroded away by water deep under the ground. No one knows it’s happening, but little by little the water is cutting a cave into the earth. As that underground cave (or hole) grows larger, it’s less capable of supporting whatever is built above it. If you want a fuller explanation of how sinkholes work, go here.
We might seem to be in good spiritual health to others, but if we are not consistently taking in God’s Word and obeying it, then the ground beneath us will slowly erode away until the foundations of our faith are shaken.
Jesus does not say that those who ignore him are like those who build their house on the sand… he says this about those who listen but are disobedient.
As you look at these pictures, consider that it took a very long time for these sinkholes to form… but they formed silently.
- What habits have formed in your heart and your behavior that you need to repent of?
- Have you developed a consistent practice of the Spiritual Disciplines?