Sunday, September 01, 2013
A Sure Foundation
This summer, my husband has been working on installing retaining walls and a patio in our backyard. The work is hot, heavy, and takes patience and planning. He has been particularly careful about the bottom row, checking with his level, spreading first big rocks, then smaller rocks, then pea rock to pack in a firm foundation to set the retaining wall block upon. He knows that if he makes a mistake setting the bottom row in place, if it isn't level and solid, the entire wall gets worse the farther you go up. If the wall isn't set on something solid, like a rock base, eventually it will sink and sag.
There are so many analogies that can be made, but one springs quickly to mind.
All of our lives are built on a foundation of what be believe. If what we believe is based upon something that isn't true, that isn't solid, that isn't real, then we have a faulty foundation that will eventually cause our lives to tilt off course and crumble. Yet, if our lives are set in the solid rock of Scripture and what it tells us about ourselves and about Jesus, our lives will be true and firm and stand under the most intense pressure from outside.
Matthew 7:24-27 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.”