Solid Foundations

 

Read: Matthew 7:24-29      

Recently in the news we have read about the tragic earthquakes that have occurred in Mexico.  It is terribly sad to hear about the loss of life and the destruction that was caused.  It is even more disheartening when we hear that school children and others most likely would have survived the quake if proper building codes and procedures (that were in place) would have been followed when those buildings were built.

Life can be the same way.  At the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount he shares a parable (short story) about two builders.  One built his house on the rock, the other built his house on the sand.  When the rains came, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the houses only the one built on the rock was left standing.  Jesus said that the one who listens to his words and puts them into practice is like the man who built on the rock.  The one who hears his words and ignores them is like the man who built on the sand.

In any construction project the foundation is key to the rest of the building.  Yes, the other materials matter too, but if the foundation is not built correctly the rest will not matter.  Our lives are built on the choices, decisions, attitudes, and truths that we live by.  When those things are not in line with God’s will for our lives then the storms of this world can be destructive and much harder to face.  In the Bible God has given us the building code for life.  Jesus was a living example of that code.

It’s very difficult to watch the destruction that earthquakes and other disasters can bring.  It’s also very difficult to watch lives influenced and affected by terrible choices and decisions that could have been different.  No disaster in life is to large to overcome.  Jesus is a God of restoration and renewal.  He can help you rebuild what needs to be rebuilt and changed in your life.  He also can help you live out the foundational truths that are found in the Bible.  Build wisely and live wisely!

Make it Personal:  Think about your life.  What kind of foundation are you building on?  Is it a foundation that will withstand the storms of life for you and your family?  Are you building on the shifting sands of a troubled world or are you building on the solid rock?  Whatever your situation I hope that you will find the wonderful grace and restoration that is available to you in Jesus Christ.

Have a wonderful week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church