Isaiah 26:1-6: On the day of the Lord those who depend on God will enter God’s city.
Matthew 7: 21-24-27: Build your house on rock.
Ancient peoples often built their cities on rocky heights because they were the safest places to live. With water and food and strong defenses, they were less likely to be invaded. That’s why the Jews chose Jerusalem, built high on rock. It was a safe place.
But Isaiah warns against depending on natural resources or human skills and plans alone. Don’t rely on them; they can’t always save you. The strongest city becomes “a city of chaos” that falls apart without God.
God builds the strong city, the prophet says; he is our Rock, our strong city, and he admits into its gates “ a nation that is just; one that keeps faith.”
Build your lives on rock, Jesus says in the gospel. Don’t rely on a token faith (Lord, Lord) to save you or be like fools who build on sand .
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise person who built a house on rock.”
A secular society like ours often sees religion as a destructive force or a brake on progress. It turns to “human reason” alone? How can we depend on God in society today?
How do you build your personal life on rock?