By Leslie Snyder
Therefore 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 rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
During an extended drought in the Midwest, my home experienced significant “settling.” We noticed small cracks crawling up the walls, doors not closing tightly, and water seeping into our basement through the foundation seams. In fact, one strong rainstorm created a nice little river valley from
our basement into our garage.
As it turned out, our back patio had sunk eight inches and was directing water right into the foundation of our house. To address the problem, we hired contractors who pumped enough mud under our patio to raise it eight inches in order to lead the water away from the house and down the slope of our yard. Problem fixed!
Life is much the same. If we’re not careful, we miss the clues that indicate the weak points in our own foundation. Just as the cracks in our walls, the misaligned doors, and the river in our basement were signals that something was wrong with our home’s foundation, so too, are things like negative attitudes, prayerlessness and cynicism indicative that our spiritual foundation is shifting.
A wise person once said, “A Bible that is falling apart belongs to someone who is not.” Become firmly grounded in the Word of God, and when the storms of life come, your faith will remain intact.
1. Take some time to do a self-evaluation of your faith. How’s our foundation?
2. Inspect the areas of your life that may show signs of weakness and allow Christ to make the necessary adjustments.