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Building on a Firm Foundation



During the cooler summer evenings, my family and I have been landscaping our yard.


After sketching a plan, searching Craig’s List for materials, and removing the old plants and weeds, we started with the foundation for the retaining wall. My husband and son dug around the tree to level the ground. Then we hauled different size blocks.


While sweat beaded on their foreheads and mosquitoes buzzed around their heads, they puzzled the blocks together with a level. If the stone towered about the others, then more dirt was removed. If the stone sunk, more dirt was added. The tilting of one block affected the entire structure. The retaining wall needed a firm foundation.


Just as the wall required a firm footing, our lives need a secure bedrock.


What are we building our lives on? We have two choices: rock or sand.


“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.


And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV


Jesus Christ is our Rock (Deuteronomy 32:4 and Psalm 18:2), and the sand is anything else.


Building our lives on Christ means we acknowledge that Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6). We hear God’s Word and obey it. Anyone can listen to it, but a wise person applies the principles and does them.


Building our lives on the sand means we think we know best. We may hear God’s Word (or refuse to listen), but we reject it.


If Christ is our Rock, are we listening and obeying His truths? Or are we do busy to make changes? Are we "talking the talk, but not walking the walk?"


If others things compile our foundation, are we OK with our choices? Or do we desire change?


Since the previous homeowners of our house didn't lay a firm foundation, the retaining wall washed away. My husband and son finished the new structure. It looks nice and will stand for a long time. What in our lives will last for eternity?


Lord, help us to build our lives on You and the truths of Your Word. May we listen and do what You say.


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