Hebrews 11:1-2 MSG
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.”
We read in Matthew 7 about two different kinds of people. The first man decided to put in the time and effort required to have a solid foundation for his house. He labored and toiled to make sure that when a storm came, his home would still be standing. Sure, it was built on a rock and the landscaping wasn’t anything to boast about, but it was sure to stand and provide the necessary shelter for him and his family.
The second man chose to skip all the tedious details and jumped in head first. He found a location with the best view, softest sand and most peaceful sound of waves. His quickly erected his house and it stood glorious for a short amount of time. But a storm came, as storms do, and his house fell. Not only that, the bible says “great was the fall of it” That means it went down, and it went down hard.
I like to do things the quickest way possible. Patience is not a virtue of mine, so I can understand why this man rushed through the process. He didn’t want any part of the journey, but only to reach the destination. In doing so, he missed the most important detail – the foundation.
Hebrews is very plain in telling us that our trust and faith in God should be the firm foundation of our lives. When everything else is stripped away, what is left? When the storms of life devastate you, and leave you essentially with nothing, will your foundation still be strong?
The beautiful thing about a strong foundation is that even if a house catches fire and appears destroyed, it can be rebuilt on the same foundation. Material items and their “importance’ fade and lose value, but you will never go wrong with building up a sure and firm foundation in God and His word.
God, reveal to me today if there are any cracks in my foundation that need tending to. I want to remain strong and firm in You when the storms of life come. I place my trust in You today.