Building a Solid Foundation
Daily Bible Reading – Genesis 15-17; Luke 6
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 6:46-49
The neighborhood in which we live is a relatively new one. Since we moved in a couple of years ago, we have watched as house after house was built before our eyes. I was always amazed by the fact that in the right hands, a hammer and nails (along with other tools of course) can build something as strong as a house. (I have a hammer and I have nails, yet I am pretty sure that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be able to build an actual house.) The process of how a house is built is fascinating to watch from start to finish. When the builder first breaks ground on a lot, things seem to move very slowly. For the first few weeks, there does not really seem to be a lot of activity going on as the builders work on leveling the ground and eventually laying the foundation. Once that foundation is laid, then things really start to pick up. I have seen entire houses framed in just a day or two. My point is this – the builders seem to spend a lot more time building the foundation than spend actually building the house.
Jesus also suggested that we spend our time building a solid foundation. Most of us have the ability to read all about Jesus whenever we want. We can read about His life, and we can read about all the things He said. We can read about how He tells us to live our lives. Reading about that is the easy part. Actually listening to Jesus and doing what He has said to do is the difficult part. Jesus said that listening to His words and actually doing what He says to do in our lives is like building on a solid foundation of rock. When we do what Jesus says to do, we prepare ourselves for the storms that come in life. Note that Jesus did not say “if” the flood came, He said “when” the flood came. (6:48) Hearing Jesus words and not following them is like building a house on sand without taking the time to build any foundation. When the floods come, that house will be destroyed. People usually do not lose their faith during good times. People do not usually fall away from God when things are going well and everything is happy. It is typically at the darkest of hours when people turn from God. When tough times come, people can either draw closer to God and cling to Him for protection, or they can turn away from Him. If we build a solid foundation now by doing what He says to do, we can be prepared for the storms. If we learn to cling to Him in good times, we will only draw closer to Him when the bad times come.
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