Inspirational Corner

What is Your Foundation Built On?

Matthew 7:24-27

“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.”

This parable that Jesus used as part of the Sermon on the Mount has been on my mind a lot over the past few months especially the word foundation. During this time of global pandemic how much more important has that word become to me. This is when we find out which foundation we have built our house upon.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:12 not to be surprised at the fiery order that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. We will have times of testing and this is one of them.

I think it is very timely that we have been reminded as a church over the past few weeks who Jesus is. He is our healer, our comforter, the good shepherd, disciple-maker and even our judge. God’s timing is always right on.

I enjoy watching the HGTV channel and in particular the home renovation shows. Every new house needs to begin with a strong foundation. If not we see the damage that causes 10, 15, 20 years down the road. As the renovators start to remove the walls and flooring, they sometimes find that the foundation itself has cracked or shifted and is in need of repair or in the worst case scenario the house needs to be taken down and a new foundation laid.

I can compare this to our own lives as believers as well. We may not have started out with a good foundation. Maybe we were not attending a church on a regular basis or did not fully comprehend the teaching that we received. Or things have happened to us along the way that has caused our foundation to crumble and it is in need of repair.

I feel that God has been emphasizing to me that we need to believe that Jesus loves us no matter what situations or circumstances we find ourselves in. But during the times we need to remind ourselves of His love sometimes we have the most difficulty to believe it.

John in his gospel referred to himself as the disciple that Jesus loved. That is quite a declaration. I wonder how many of us feel or believe that we can declare the same thing; I am the disciple that Jesus loves.

The Bible says in John 15:13 that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

God’s love is not based on the quality, the comfort or the ease of our lives or the lack of any of these things. It is not based on anything we do or not do. It is based on the cross.

God has proven his love for us. How?

Romans 5:8 (CSB)
But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When the storms come, when the trials come, let us remember and be able to say Jesus loves me. This I know. For the Bible tells me so. On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. He is our sure foundation.

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Words and Music by Ruth Caye Jones

Verdun Community Church