Build a Solid Foundation
‘It had its foundation on the rock.’ Matthew 7:25 NIV
Jesus said, ‘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 winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’ (Matthew 7:24–25 NIV) When the storms of life come―and they will―it’s too late to lay a solid foundation. That’s when you discover what kind of foundation your life is built on, so don’t short-change yourself by using dodgy materials or taking short-cuts. Be willing to acknowledge your weaknesses and work on them. Some of the strongest people you know needed help overcoming weaknesses at one time.
The pastor of a megachurch recalls his early days, when he prayed that God would increase the size of his ministry. ‘After days of silence the Lord answered by saying, “You’re concerned with building the ministry but I’m concerned with building the man. Woe to the man whose ministry becomes bigger than he is!”’ God is far more interested in building us, our character and our relationship with Him than in building our bank balance or our reputations. Day by day, as we put ourselves into His hands, He changes us. He makes the foundations of our life more solid, more secure. He finds the cracks of immaturity and fixes them; He exposes the structures within us that are weak and insecure and repairs them.
So, work on your relationship with God. Build the truths of His Word into your life’s foundation, and when the storms come you’ll be able to stand.
SoulFood: 1 Ki 8–9, Mt 17:14–27, Ps 40:1–8, Prov 6:1–5
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018