Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Does anyone know where this small piece of tile is from? This is the bathroom tile from Covenant’s old bathrooms. I kept this from the demolition after hurricane Harvey destroyed our school and I’ve had it for almost a year now. I keep it as a reminder of when Covenant was flooded. But not in a negative way. This is a reminder of when things were tough and we made it through. This is a reminder that when we pass through waters God will be with us. That God is our only hope. We cannot make it alone. With that in mind I want to tell you a story.

There were once two good friends Ron and Lee who were both building their houses at the same time. Ron wanted to build his house carefully and thoroughly. He dug deep to pour a sturdy foundation. He didn’t cut corners or use cheap materials; he built his house firm. Lee on the other hand wanted to move in fast and he didn’t care how the house was built. He wasn’t interested in the foundation, materials or anything except that the house would be finished quickly. A couple of months later, they are both moved into their respective houses and they hear that a terrible storm is heading in their direction, a hurricane. Now Ron isn’t worried because he’s confident that the house he built will protect him. Lee on the other hand is less certain. His house is rickety, yet he doesn’t want to abandon the house he’s so fond of, and it’s new, and it’s his. He decides to brave the storm. The storm hits Lee’s house first. Wind, rain, thunder, lightning, ruin his house and thankfully he’s alright. The storm hits Ron’s house next. Wind, rain, thunder, lightning, but his house stands strong. He built his house on a solid foundation and because of that it did not fall.

We need to build our lives on a firm foundation. We need to put our faith in God and not ourselves. God is the only thing in this world that will not change. We must put our faith in God alone because as it is said in the hymn, “In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength my, my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.” Christ is the only thing that gives hope; He is everything. He is a firm foundation in the most drastic circumstances. If you put your faith in anything else you will fail. If you build your house on success, friendship, fame, family, money, or anything that isn’t Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, when the storms come, your house, your life will not be able to stand tall.

Now I don’t want to leave you today with a challenge of be better or trust God. I want to leave you asking this: What is your foundation? Did you build it thoroughly or did you cut corners? Is God your foundation? 

Prayer: God, thank you. Thank you for allowing us all life today. Please help us build our foundation upon you. Please remind us when we aren’t following you, when we are cutting corners and not digging deep and putting our full faith in you. We know we can’t do it alone. Guide us and fill us up in order to follow your will for us. In Jesus’ name Amen.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Jon, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured).