A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble


There are terms in the English language that communicate more intricate realities in a quicker fashion. Idioms do such a thing for us. The idiom that serves as the motivation for this post is “A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble“. A house of cards is a person, an organization or a plan that is very weak and can easily be destroyed. Jesus talked about a life in a similar fashion when He talked about house built without a strong foundation in Matthew 7 and Luke 6. Matthew 7:24-25 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. 25 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.26 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. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

The same principle exists in building relationship with people. If we hear God’s Word, we need to apply the principles presented in God’s Word to relationships. If we do not, a relationship made out of A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble to non-existence. Most of us have played the card-building game where we use the whole deck to build a structure like a house. We may erect it, but invariably, it falls because the structure does not have a solid foundation that extends its support to the other framing parts like the walls and roof of the house.

Likewise, this is true in relationships. As a consequence, A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble. Let me give you a recent example. At the beginning of the school year, there were four students who always walked the halls together. They ate lunch together. They had classes together. They, in terms of appearances, were together. A week ago, some trespass or offense happened between two of them. It resulted in a shouting match and a little bit more. Upon the return of one of the students, I observed the student walking down the hallway perturbed. I pulled the student aside. We talked about what had previously transpired. We talked about us being flawed people who would eventually do or say something to harm a relationship, but we must forgive one another. Forgiveness was the foundational ingredient that would allow relationships to remain despite the trespasses or offenses that occurred. The student talked about advise received from a parent about if someone walked up on you to handle your business. I shared with the student a verse that guides me many times – He who covers an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Proverbs 17:9) That student promised if something happened to where angry and violent feelings arose that the student would come see me.

Well the next morning, I saw the other student with whom the first student had a riff. In essence, I was sharing the same thing to the second student when the first student walked by and said it would not make a difference. Undeterred, I continued in hope that the student would listen to me, but more importantly, the Word of God and the principles of God would make an immediate impact averting another clash.Well, for one day, it appeared that the intervention worked. As I sat in a meeting in the conference on the last day before Christmas Break, I heard unusually loud noise in the hallway. I was alarm sort of like a parent who knows the varying cries of his/her baby. We know when something is wrong. Much to my hip’s surprise, I sprang up and dashed to the situation unfolding the hallway outside the office. There they were -those two students. One yelling so fiercely and being restrained by two adults while the other being restrained by the School Resource Officer. There had been other adults who intervened on behalf of those students, but it did not prevent another verbal joust and a physical altercation. Moreover, the parent of one of the students allegedly issued a threat to the other parent. “Explicative, I know where you live”. Despite that, I know from Isaiah 55 that God’s Word does not return to Him void. I stood on His Word not on A House of Cards when talking to them.

Because those students did not apply the Word of God to their relationship, we saw that a relationship made out of A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble. Don’t despair, the greatest teacher, Jesus Christ, has a lesson that contrasts the shaky or wavering relationship seen with the House of Cards. We know that Jesus had an intense relationship with the disciples. They ate together, traveled together, made a living together, were challenged together and lived together for three years. They, in terms of appearances, were together. A 2000 years ago, some trespasses or offenses happened between them. We know from scripture that one disciple betrayed Jesus. Another disciple denied knowing Jesus, and the other disciples abandoned/deserted Jesus. We know that Jesus continued to stand on the Word of God through His disciples betrayal, denials and desertions. He stood on the Word of God as He was being crucified. Why? Because of the principles found throughout His Word like in Proverbs 17:9. He wanted to promote the Love of God not a selfish and sinful agenda. It resulting in forgiveness for all nations.

Listen to what Jesus told the disciples in Luke 24:46-4846 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.” Like them, I am a witness that forgiveness of sins was preached to me. By God’s grace, I accepted the message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. I was forgiven by God and empowered to forgive those who betray, deny and desert me. It is so freeing and liberating when I harness my sinful thoughts of retribution.

Will you be free and establish relationships on the firm foundation of God’s Word or will you personally learn a relationship made out of A House of Cards Will Eventually Crumble to non-existence. Let Jesus Tear Down Walls in your life.

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