Firm Foundations

On Sunday we looked at having Hope when nothing changes. This can be a really challenging thing can’t it, to hold on to the Hope that we have in Christ, when everything seems a bit upside down. As I have been reflecting since Sunday I’ve kept singing,

Christ is my firm foundation
The rock on which I stand
When everything around me is shaken
I’ve never been more glad
That I put my faith in Jesus
‘Cause He’s never let me down
He’s faithful through generations
So why would He fail now?
He won’t

In Corinthians Paul says this

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ

Paul is warning and explaining to the leaders of the Church of Corinth, but also it’s a message for us today. We need our foundation to be in Jesus first and foremost. Because without Him at the very heart of our lives, when the storms hit, were in trouble. The song continues on –

Oh, rain came and wind blew
But my house was built on You
And I’m safe with You
I’m gonna make it through
Yeah, I’m gonna make it through
‘Cause I’m standing strong on You
Yeah, I’m gonna make it through
‘Cause my house is built on You

God reminds us in the Bible lots of times to put our trust in Him, that He will be with us and that He is our foundation. I love the parable of the wise and the foolish builders. Both builders build houses, and to the world these 2 houses are great, both equal in their loveliness. Then a storm comes, and the house on the rock, who had good solid foundations, it was fine. Maybe it needed some attention to its guttering and a few fences put back up, but it weathered the storm. The house on the sand, as soon as the storm hit, it started to shake, it wobbled about a bit and then it crumbled, and it was a pile of stuff again and not complete.

I know that I don’t want my life to be like the house that was built on the sand, to crumble when a storm or a thorn hits my life. I want to be able to stand strong, not because I have the ability to do that, but because God does.

That means that before any storm hits, I need to be standing on the firm foundation of Christ. I need to make sure that I clean out my house, get it in order. Deal with the stuff that isn’t of Christ. Look to Him in all situations, not just when things go wrong. Be absorbed in the Word, push into the calling and directing of the Holy Spirit.

Most of all I need to make sure that my foundations are in Christ and not my own self built ones.

Today, let’s look at ourselves and anything that we are setting as our foundations that aren’t Jesus, lets work at shifting them to Him, the one who can and will sustain us in all storms.

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